‘Women only’ market in Chitral town fails to make headway

27 Apr, 2018

Chitral : The concept of an exclusive shopping market for women where both the shopkeepers and customers would be women folk, could not take off into practicality as no woman turned up or sent her representative to book a shop in the market despite it being ready since last three months.

Conceiver/owner of the market, Wg Cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah talking to CN said he had custom built the market of 32 shops with relevant amenities, with the intention to contribute in a humble way to the good of the society by ethically empowering women and giving them a healthy outlet and opportunity to contribute financially to their family income. He said he envisaged all this keeping in mind religious and social obligations prevalent in Chitral. He said in the begining the Chamber of Commerce and the District Administration evinced keen and active interest in it’s establishment but after a few religious people spoke against it, both the aforementioned beat a retreat.

He said he was sadly surprised that after a few politico-religious people issued statement against the planned market, not a single political or religious leader came up to speak in favour of it, despite the fact that the need for such a market had been emphasized in the district assembly in the form of a resolution presented by a religious party itself. He however thanked members of the social media who overwhelmingly supported the idea. A prominent social media activist conducted a survey on face book in which 87 percent participants supported the idea against only 13 percent opposing it.

Wg Cdr (r) Fardad Ali Shah said he was not worried about the financial set back to him on this backout by stake holders, but was worried about the lack of moral courage of the majority who theoretically endorses good things, but steps back when it is time to support the truth and reject the wrong practically. He however promised he would set up such a market again when the mindset of the people gets strong enough and is ready for positive reforms .. CN report, 28 Apr 2018

4 Comments

  • Ikhalque Ahmad says:

    Booth molvis and liberals did not want this market to materialize for reasons of their own. Molvis don’t want women to get out of their houses which is ridiculous and impracticable but they still insist on it. Liberals, (NGOs etc) do not want segregated market for women. They want inter-mixed markets which are flourishing in Chitral.
    So for both reasons diametrically opposite to each other, the women only market was not allowed to establish itself in Chitral

  • genie says:

    How very strange? I still remember my friend educating me when I was not married. He said that women love to go shopping and are always very reluctant to come out of the market.

  • Naveed Ahmad says:

    Don’t loose heart, you have done your bit. “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink “

  • Fida Mohammad says:

    It is very sad to hear that the women folks of Chitral have not been able to avail a wonderful opportunity provided to them in all good faith, for their economic prosperity. Throughout the Muslim world, women have been developing their potentials and talents in various fields including business, but unfortunately Chitral is among the few places where women lag behind in making any active contribution to family income. One would have expected the educated women to come forward and grab this opportunity but, alas, they have failed. This verse from the holly Quran is a reminder for human beings to act if they want to change their situation… “Verily, Allaah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves”.