Islamabad: It is pivotal that women play their due role for social development and economic progress; no country can really find its true place in the comity of nations if the potential of its womenfolk is not realized to its maximum limits. Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Maula Buksh Chandio expressed these views while talking to the office bearers of National Commission on the Status of Women, who called on him at his office under the chairmanship of Anis Haroon.
The Minister said that Pakistan was passing through a difficult patch of history and women’s role in this hour of trial was more important, adding that Pakistan People Party considers women as its main constituency and has always worked for their progress and social emancipation. The minister highlighted the movement spearheaded by Begum Nusrat Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for the cause of women.
Chairperson of National Commission on the Status of Women, Anis Haroon, brought into the notice of Honourable Minister certain issues related with women. The Minister not only appreciated the work of NCSW but also promised to extend his full support on all issues relating to women.
The commission members discussed Mukhtara Mai case with the Honourable Minister and apprised him about the updates. They informed that petition for the hearing of review of Mukhtara Mai case has been filed and it has been requested to the Supreme Court for the formation of larger bench to deal with the review petition. Dr. Majida Rizvi told that the scope of discussion on the review will be greater if larger bench is formed to hear the review petition. The Chairperson of the Commission also requested the Honourable Minister for permitting Attorney General to appear in the case.
The Commission members also discussed with the Federal Law Minister the Shariat Court’s overturning of some of the amendments made in the Hadood Laws. The Minister apprised the commission that an appeal has already been filed in this connection. The commission members appreciated the good work on the part of the ministry.
The chairperson of the commission also requested the law minister to play his role regarding citizenship law which does not allow citizenship to foreign male nationals marrying Pakistani women.
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