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.
12th 5-years plan envisages 5.4% growth
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has said that the 12th Five Year Plan envisaged an average growth of GDP at 5.4 percent and the expected outlay of the Plan would be Rs 11.750 trillion including Rs 1 trillion involving innovative financing through a public-private partnership.
He said the plan extensively covered growth, macro stability, expand agriculture production, galvanize agro-business potential, industry and export competitiveness, human resource development, integrated energy planning, infrastructure development, social safety nets, poverty reduction, achieving SDGs and administrative reforms along-with focus on less developed areas, climate change and environment.
The Minister was chairing a briefing to Economic Advisory Council on draft 12th Five Year Plan here on Friday.
Advisor to PM on Commerce & Industry Abdul Razzak Dawood, members Economic Advisory Council, Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan, Secretary BISP Ali Raza Bhutta, Chief Economist Ejaz Wasti, Members Planning Commission and senior officials of all sections of the ministry were present during the briefing.
Makhdum Khusro said that it has been decided to conduct quarterly reviews of the plan at the Ministry and bi-annual reviews will be made by the Prime Minister for its effective implementation in achieving all the set targets.
He stated that priority will be given to projects related to infrastructure development, transport, housing, communication, energy, and water sector.
The Minister said that development strategy also entails boosting the country’s exports as well as envisages a mechanism to monitor the progress of ongoing projects.
He added that the Plan aims at improving the productivity of all sectors of the economy. He said that the Government was committed to ensuring timely completion of all ongoing projects without any cost escalation.
Makhdum Khusro appreciated the macroeconomic framework prepared by the Planning Commission.
Secretary Planning Zafar Hasan said that Plan document has been prepared through an extensive consultative process involving dialogue with stakeholders, formal consultation with the members of different working groups formulated for different sectors.
So far, more than thirty sessions have been held with stakeholders for preparing the draft of the next Plan. He apprised that after taking the inputs and suggestions from the members of the Economic Advisory Council, the Plan will be placed before the National Economic Council for consideration and approval.
India divertig attention from Spy’s case?
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda has termed the Indian threat to stop the flow of water from eastern rivers to Pakistan a “failed attempt”, just like the Pulwama incident, to divert attention from its failure in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case in International Court of Justice (ICJ).
In his reaction over India’s threat to stop Pakistan’s water, he said India could not blame Pakistan for its failure in the International Court of Justice to prove spy Kulbhushan innocent. As per Indus Water Treaty, India could not stop Pakistan’s water, he added, says a press statement here on Friday.
Describing the threat hilarious and void, he said the Indian government was preparing the ground to seek public support in next election by hurling allegation against Pakistan. “India must keep it in mind that it is a New Pakistan,” Vawda said adding that valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan would give a befitting response if India launched any misadventure. He said India would get nothing from its war hysteria except embarrassment among the comity of the nations.
Senate Standing Committee visits Wafaqi colony
LAHORE: Senate Standing Committee on Housing and Works led by its chairman Mir Kabeer Ahmad Muhammad Shahi on Friday visited 60 newly constructed apartments in Wafaqi Colony.
Talking to media men on the occasion, Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmad said the Senate standing committee on housing and works was thoroughly briefed by the ministry of housing and works regarding its projects in Lahore. He said that out of 60 apartments, 16 had been handed over. The cost of one flat was Rs 68,00,000, he said adding that it was ‘reasonable price’ in view of the project location.
He informed that the Senate standing committee also met Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar on Thursday and discussed matters with him. He said the Governor assured to extend all possible support to retrieve Housing and Works land from Board of Revenue. Later, they also visited Wafaqi colony, federal lodges and reviewed the facilities being provided there. Senate standing committee members including Senator Mirza Muhammad Afridi and others were also present.