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Sumaira to head PML women’s wing

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May 3, 2007

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ISLAMABAD: PML President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Wednesday appointed Minister for Women Development Sumaira Malik as president Women's Wing of the party.

Sumaira Malik is currently in Saudi Arabia to attend the first Islamic Conference on Sports and Youth. Former president of the Women's Wing and Minister for Tourism Nilofer Bakhtiar had resigned few days ago and handed the charge over to Shujaat owing to her ministerial commitments.

Office-bearers of the Women's Wing welcomed the appointment of Sumaira their president.

"We hope that the PML Women's Wing would further flourish and rise under the able leadership of Sumaira Malik. Since she is an elected member of parliament, she would play a catalyst role in protecting the rights of the women segments who are more than half of the population of the country," said PML central vice presidents Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Begum Yaqoot Jamil-ur-Rehman, and senior vice president of the wing Farrukh Khan, vice president Nausheen Saeed and others in a joint press statement issued here. They said the women's wing fully endorses the decision of Chaudhry Shujaat and the new president women's wing would be fully backed by the women of the party.

They said the appointment would fortify efforts to safeguard women's rights. "Since this is the election year, we hope that the new president would diversify the women's wing at the grassroots level and this would give a new strength to the party," they said.

Acclaiming the efforts of Sumaira Malik for the empowerment of women, the PML leaders said the appointment would open new avenues for the party leader to work for true empowerment of the women with same zeal, which she acquired by introducing legislation for the empowerment of the women.

Meanwhile, MNAs Rehana Aleem Mashhadi, Dr Noor Jehan Panezai, Asia Azeem, Rahila Yahya, Dr Donia Aziz, and President PML Women's Wing Punjab Shahana Farooqui, Vice President Sindh and Provincial Minister Dr

Saeeda Malik, General Secretary PML Women's Wing Robina Irfan, and MPA Semee Jan have also hailed the appointment of Sumaira Malik.

They assured the new president of their full support.

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