It’s ‘haram’ to cast votes for women, says PML-N candidate in Pakistan

Lahore: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate for the July 25 general election and former Punjab province minister Haroon Sultan has stoked a controversy by terming it “haram” to cast votes for women. Sultan, who has served as minister for social welfare in the previous tenure of the PML-N government in Punjab, is contesting elections from the National Assembly constituency NA-184 against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s female candidate Zehra Basit Sultan Bukhari, who is also reportedly his sister-in-law. Addressing a rally in his constituency in Muzaffargarh, Sultan said he will follow the directions of religion and will abstain from casting a vote to any female candidates as it is considered “haram” (forbidden in Islam), The News reported. “I will work under the commands of Allah and His messenger…and will desist from doing the contrary,” he added. Agencies