ANP chief dis­cusses se­cu­rity, po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion with Zar­dari

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Pres­i­dent of Awami Na­tional Party As­fand­yar Wali Khan called on Pres­i­dent Asif Ali Zar­dari at the Ai­wan-e-Sadr here and dis­cussed over­all sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try.

The sit­u­a­tion of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa was also dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing. The Pres­i­dent hosted lunch for the ANP chief. Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Asif Zar­dari has said the government is com­mit­ted to women eman­ci­pa­tion and pro­tect them from all kinds of ex­ploita­tion and dis­crim­i­na­tion.

In his mes­sage on the In­ter­na­tional Women Day be­ing ob­served world­wide in­clud­ing in Pak­istan, the Pres­i­dent said it demon­strates that women ev­ery­where are wak­ing up.

“On this oc­ca­sion I wish to con­grat­u­late the women of the world in gen­eral and of Pak­istan in par­tic­u­lar and salute them for their strug­gle for eman­ci­pa­tion and an end to dis­crim­i­na­tion,” he said. Pres­i­dent Zar­dari said, “In this strug­gle we are in­spired by the teach­ings of our re­li­gion, the dic­tates of our Con­sti­tu­tion and the vi­sion of our found­ing fa­ther Quaid-eAzam Mo­ham­mad Ali Jin­nah as well as of our great lead­ers Sha­heed Zul­fiqar Ali Bhutto and Sha­heed Be­nazir Bhutto.”

He said Be­nazir Bhutto, the first woman Prime Min­is­ter in the Mus­lim world and the twice elected Prime Min­is­ter of the coun­try, felt a spe­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards pro­mot­ing the cause of the women.

He said by as­sert­ing that women’s rights are in­sep­a­ra­ble from hu­man rights and that there was no hu­man right more fun­da­men­tal, and more uni­ver­sal, than equal rights for women in the new cen­tury, the Sha­heed leader laid down a firm ba­sis on which the fu­ture ed­i­fice of women em­pow­er­ment was to be built. The Pres­i­dent said driven by con­vic­tion and in­spired by the vi­sion of its lead­ers, the present Government has en­acted far reach­ing re­forms for pro­tect­ing women from ha­rass­ment on the one hand and em­pow­er­ing the poor­est of the poor women through the spe­cial Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gram (BISP) on the other.

He men­tioned that the Women in Dis­tress and De­ten­tion Fund Act 2011 has been en­acted to pro­vide fi­nan­cial and le­gal as­sis­tance to women in dis­tress. Also, a Na­tional Com­mis­sion on Sta­tus of Women has been set up to pro­tect the so­cial, eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and le­gal rights of women and job quota for women in government ser­vices en­hanced, he added.

Pres­i­dent Zar­dari re­it­er­ated to pur­sue the pledges made by Mo­htarma Be­nazir Bhutto at the Bei­jing Con­fer­ence on Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Dis­crim­i­na­tion Against Women (CEDAW). He called upon all po­lit­i­cal par­ties and civil so­ci­ety to re­visit the laws dis­crim­i­na­tory to women and pro­pose suit­able amend­ments to ex­tri­cate women from the agony and em­bar­rass­ment of dis­crim­i­na­tory laws and cus­toms.

He ac­knowl­edged the strides made by women in their for­ward march to­wards gen­der equal­ity. “Let us fur­ther build on their progress and col­lec­tive power to help make our coun­try, the re­gion and the world more tol­er­ant, har­mo­nious and se­cure,” he said. The Pres­i­dent said, “With coura­geous girls like Malala Yousafzai among them, our women are fated to suc­ceed against all odds.” He con­grat­u­lated the Min­istry of Hu­man Rights for ar­rang­ing spe­cial events to cel­e­brate the day in a be­fit­ting man­ner.

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