More legislation in process to protect Women Rights in Pakistan says Shaukat Aziz
18 Nov 2006
ISLAMABAD, Nov 18 (APP): Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Saturday said Women Protection Bill was the first step towards women emancipation, empowerment and protection of their rights and the government has started work on another piece of legislation to ensure their rights.
Addressing a gathering of students and teachers of local colleges and schools here at the Prime Minister Secretariat, he said, more legislative measures will follow to guard women against social injustices and excesses.
He said, "A draft bill to save women from social customs like marriage with Quran, inheritance issues, Vani and procedure of divorce, has been presented to Speaker National Assembly for giving more rights to the women."
The meeting was organized to celebrate the Women Protection Bill described as a "historic significant step forward for emancipation of women." It was attended by a large number of students and teachers from different schools and colleges of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
Shaukat Aziz said the six elements of new legislation will protect the women against injustices, and give them more rights, protection and security.
Rejecting false propaganda by some elements, the Prime Minister said the women protection bill was fully in line with injunctions of Islam and there was nothing in it against Quran and Sunnah.
The Prime Minister said no government or assembly in Pakistan can even think of introducing a law contrary to Quran and Sunnah.
He said the government will keep up its campaign and introduce more legislation to further protect the rights of women.
The Prime Minister said Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has submitted a new draft bill to the National Assembly to end un-Islamic practices like marriages of girls with Quran and customs like Vani and Swara.
Shaukat Aziz said, "Islam is our faith and we are bound to follow it in letter and spirit."