Women's bicycle rally
Women's bicycle rally postponed after religious parties’ resistance

The women’s bicycle ‘peace rally’ in Peshawar which was scheduled to take place on January 19 has been postponed after religious parties threatened to protest against the event.

The lead organiser of the event, Wafa Wazir said, “Some people said that it is against the religion and we respect their sentiments.”

The religious parties including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), on Friday, announced that they would gather to protest against the rally at the Bagh-e-Naran in Hayatabad.

According to JUI-F’s leader Rafiullah Qasmi, the women’s bicycle rally is spreading obscenity.

The organizer claimed that they got a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Peshawar district administration to hold the event, but later decided to postpone the event.

However, the Police denied that nobody contacted them to obtain the NOC or for seeking security of the event.

“After receiving information about the protest against the rally, police contacted the organizers and they revealed that the rally had been postponed,” SP Cantt Wasim Riaz said.