Rights bill to ensure women’s security: PM
By Muhammad Saleh Zaafir
ISLAMABAD: In the face of growing opposition to the bill for the protection of women’s rights from the MMA, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz defended the bill on Friday and said it would safeguard women’s rights and ensure speedy justice and security for them. The government will ensure that all laws of the country are in complete conformity with Islamic teachings and in consonance with the guidelines laid down in the Holy Qur’aan and Sunnah, he said, talking to a group of parliamentarians belonging to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League and allied parties, who called on him at his chamber in the Parliament House. PML president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain led the group. The prime minister stated that the steps taken by the Pakistan Muslim League government for the empowerment of women were unprecedented and the government was facilitating their participation in every sphere of life. With the steps taken by the government, the women were now able to contribute to national development, while more measures were being taken to further enhance their status in the society, he added. He reiterated the government commitment to women’s empowerment while remaining within the limits of religious and cultural norms and social values.
Shaukat said the government was also focusing on imparting skills to the youth to enable them to get employment inside and outside Pakistan through the National Vocational Technical Training Education Commission (Navtec) that had been tasked with producing one million workers by 2010. He noted that the training was being imparted on a fast-track basis and Navtec would train 25,000 workers by December 2006. A total of 158,000 youths would be trained in skills by the end of 2007, he said. The legislators apprised the prime minister of the development schemes being implemented in their constituencies and said the PML and its coalition partners were making efforts for the welfare of the people.
They said that as a result of the government’s efforts there was a visible improvement in the facilities of health, education and infrastructure, including farm-to-market roads even in remote areas of the country. The meeting was attended among others by Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education Zobaida Jalal, Minister for Law and Justice Wasi Zafar, Adviser to the Prime Minister Commander Khalil-ur-Rehman, Minister of State for Information and
Broadcasting Tariq Azeem, MNAs Rana Tariq Javed, Saima Akhtar Bharwana, Mazhar Qureshi, Rana Umar Nazir, Mehdi Hassan Bhatti and Muhammad Ibrahim Jatoi, and the chief whip in the National Assembly, Nasrullah Dreshek
APP adds: Talking on a private TV channel On Friday, PML chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain underlined the importance of the bill to protect the women’s rights. “There can be no difference of opinion between the treasury and opposition benches on the Hudood laid down in Holy Qur’aan and Sunnah, but the human-made laws can be changed if so required,” he said. Shujaat asked the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal to point out anything contrary to the Holy Qur’aan and Sunnah in the bill.
Source: The News