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    Calls for a return to Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan have led to social and political unrest, with feeling threatened by the move.

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    1. GVs & SVs Street scenes in Islamabad, with women and girls in sect dress, some with veils, some part veils, woman in Burga. (7 SHOTS) 0.36
    2. GV Women with children, one with veil, one in Burga. 0.42
    3. CU Women with bare faces crossing street, women with veils and children. (2 SHOTS) 0.51
    4. CU ZOOM OUT Two women fully veiled, sitting at bus stop among men. 0.59
    5. GV & CU Islamabad college for girls, building and sign. (2 SHOTS) 1.06
    6. GV INTERIOR Girls at assembly. 1.11
    7. Sv Girls singing Islamic songs. (3 SHOTS) 1.46
    8. SV Headmistress addressing assembly. 1.50
    9. Gv Students doing exercises to drumbeat, then leaving hall. (4 SHOTS) 2.24
    10. SV Teacher at blackboard during maths lesson, students taking notes and asking questions. (3 SHOTS) 2.42
    11. SV PAN Diagrams of human eye and organic chart in science lab, with students at lesson. (3 SHOTS) 3.05
    12. GV EXTERIOR Women tending herd of cattle. (3 SHOTS) 3.32
    13. SV Women helping in crop gathering. 3.28
    14. SV Women collecting manure. 3.35
    15. Women drawing water from well and carrying water jars on heads. (2 SHOTS) 3.58

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    Calls for a return to Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan have led to social and political unrest, with feeling threatened by the move. Efforts by the military government of General Zia-ul-Haq to impose a strict Islamic society have led to a growing unease. One leading religious scholar, Israr Ahmed, has suggested women should always remain in their homes - a suggestion which prompted demonstrations from womens' groups. And following the recent flogging of four women in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's north-west frontier province which borders Afghanistan, the country's highest Islamic court has ordered that wrongdoers should received only moderate beatings. The four women were flogged for having sexual relationships outside marriage. Among several groups set up to try to improve the lot of women is the All Pakistan Women's Association. The association, led by secretary Mrs Miriam Habib, wants to promote health, education and training prospects. In January 1979, a Women's Division was created in the government under the direct supervision of President Zia. The division, whose main aims are register and assist womens' organisations, to promote equal opportunity, and to formulate laws and government policies on related issued, ahs also organised several national conferences on the role of women. However, one activist group, the Women's Action Forum of Lahore, believes not enough is being done to stop women being driven back into their homes. Its officer say the women's issue has become a national concern and claim their political opponents want to remove the right of women to drive and to vote, and to ban them from appearing in photographs or in films. Since move towards a more fundamental Islamic society is not universally popular, Western observers believe the issue will be important if and when elections are held to end the military rule of President Zia.


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