Women’s bill will be tabled in parliament soon: Aziz
Says government will introduce new child protection act
ISLAMABAD: The government will soon table the Women’s Protection Bill in the parliament for approval, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Thursday. “The bill will help protect women’s rights and provide them justice in accordance with the holy Quran and Sunnah,” Aziz told a ceremony to open the 10th All Pakistan Camp for Girl Guides under the aegis of the Pakistan Girl Guides Association (PGGA) here at the Scouts Headquarters. He said the government would introduce a new child protection act. He approved the construction of a separate camp for the PGGA. The prime minister praised the girls participating in the camp from across the country and added that such events would help promote national unity and solidarity. He said the government was focusing on socio-economic and political
empowerment of women to enable them to play a more constructive and productive role in the society. He said the government had taken a number of steps, which would give women a dignified place in the society. Â“Today we have more women in our parliament. Women are fighter pilots in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), commercial pilots in the ‘Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), officers in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), army, navy, police and other vital institutions,” he said. He also praised the girl guides for their role in the rehabilitation of last year’s quake survivors.
PGGA’s Begum Azmat Hassaii Baloch and Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education Zobaida Jalal were also present. Talking to journalists later, Aziz said that peace and development were on top of the government’s agenda and added that no one would be allowed to challenge the government’s writ in any part of the country. “The government wants peace and development across the country and will not tolerate any impedÂiment in the way of progress.”
He said the government was taking steps for the development and prosperity of Balochistan. He said that action would be taken against law vioÂlators according to the law. To a question about the murder of a journalist in Islamabad, Aziz said, “I have ordered an inquiry into the incident”. About his forthcoming visit to the United States, the prime minister said his visit was aimed at discussing UN reforms because Pakistan co-chaired the UN Reforms Panel. He said he would also visit Canada to address an international conference on micro crediting.
Source: Daily Times