ISLAMABAD: Prominent women activist, Dr. Fauzia Saeed today called for the implementation of laws related to women inheritance & early marriages in letter & spirit along with ensuring accountability of those who are violating these laws.
Talking to the Media in connection with the ‘National Women Day’ celebrations held today, she appreciated the significant work done regarding Implementation of harassment law, terming it a positive development. “We should also play our active role in strengthening women role in society.
Condemning domestic violence prevailing in the society, Dr. Fauzia said strict implementation of relevant laws is the only way to ensure the protection of women. “Situation will not improve until punishment is not given to the violators”.
Domestic violence against women is considered a matter of dominance and pride for the men and is appreciated by the family and society. This prevailing mindset can never be changed until we hate and socially boycott the person committing this crime, she observed.
“Mothers can play a significant role in inculcating positive values of respect for women in the minds of their children from the very beginning,” she said.
Dr. Fauzia said during the last year, no major achievement has been made regarding women development which can be celebrated on this day. Policies and laws are although important but their implementation is indispensable to get desired results.
She said it has been observed that women have made several achievements on their own what lacks is the role of society and the government for empowering women.
Women are moving forward on their own and creating space for themselves in diversified fields of life and society must play its due role to boost their active participation in all the fields of life.
Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Ms. Khawar Mumtaz said February 12 was the historic day when a large group of women belonging to different forums raised their voices against the discriminatory laws.
On 12th February 1983, with the Section 144 was in place, the women defied the ban on public assembly and conducted a march on the Lahore High Court, in which many Woman Action Forum (WAF) members participated to protest Zia’s Law of Evidence.
Ms. Khawar Mumtaz said the march was the first public demonstration by any group against martial law. The protest also marked the first time in the history of Pakistan that police used tear gas and batons on women, injuring many and arresting nearly 50.
During the ban on all the political activities at that time, the strong resistance shown by women against the discriminatory laws became a symbol of democracy and strength and that struggle is still going on, she observed.
This struggle was not meant for only a specific group of women but those belonging to oppressed segments of society also, she said.
About the progress of the present government regarding women empowerment, she was of the view that it is too early to judge the performance of this government regarding women development and it will take time to bring solid initiatives in this sector.
Chairperson NCSW underlined the need to implement pro-women laws in true spirit which is the only way to ensure women protection and empowerment on the grass root level.
CM Punjab rejects rumours of his removal
CHICHAWATNI: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar inaugurated wheat harvesting campaign at Chak 69/12-L Kamand Chichawatni on Tuesday.
He launched the campaign by cutting wheat plants with traditional sickle and thresher.
Addressing the wheat harvesting campaign, he expressed that rumors of changing CM Punjab are baseless as the parliamentary leaders have shown full confidence in me. Those who will not show performance will go home, he added.
He further said “I am real servant of people of Punjab”, adding that a comprehensive plane is being implemented to develop South Punjab.
Buzdar said that water canal issue will be resolved in the province.
He said the present government is providing more funds for provision of water to farmers.
Chief Minister Sehat Insaf Card is being distributed and the government will provide Ramzan Package -2019 across the province.
Buzdar said the government will buy all wheat from farmers and Rs130 billion for this purpose have been allocated
Opposition’s tactics to stop accountability process will not succeed: PTI leader
ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly (MNA) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Riaz Fatyana on Tuesday said federal government would bring reforms soon in criminal and civil procedure courts aiming to provide justice in time to masses.
While appreciating the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, he said Javed Iqbal believed in justice for all and always supported merit as judiciary also hailed his strong character and bold anti-corruption steps.
“If someone will be involved in corruption then definitely NAB is independent to take actions against the alleged persons”, he said.
“If the oppositions will propose suggestions for the amendment in constitution it can be considered”, he said adding, opposition needs to understand that all the serious matters required serious behavior as well, he said.
He stressed that the country was already facing various national issues which needed to be addressed but the non-serious attitude of opposition in the assembly were generating more problems rather then solving them.
Economic revival topmost priority of government: President
KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi Tuesday said revival of country’s economy was the topmost priority of the present government.
He was talking to a delegation of businessmen, called on him in Karachi, a press release issued by media office of the presidency said.
He said the government was striving hard in that regard and results would be yielded soon.
He underscored that the government was taking feasible steps to ensure business and investment friendly environment as it was cornerstone for the economic progress and prosperity of the country.
He stressed the industrialists and businessmen to focus on export-oriented products as increase in exports was pivotal for the economic stability.
He said the country had been facing numerous challenges for past few years which had also affected the business community across the country.
He appreciated the services of business community towards the development of the country and hoped that they would continue playing their proactive role with the same zeal and zest in order to further uplift the economy of the country.
The delegation apprised the president regarding the functioning of district chambers and offered few recommendations for improving economic structure and business environment in the country.
The president assured the delegation of his full support.