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Firdous Awan pays rich tributes to Kashmiri women

March 09, 2020

LAHORE/SIALKOT: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) for Information and Broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said on Sunday the government was taking effective steps to empower women by ensuring their rights as per vision of prime minister.

Addressing a ceremony held in connection with International Women Day here, she said the day highlighted women's struggle and importance in the society. “Today is the day for all to salute our mothers. I pay tribute to women playing effective role in socio-economic development of the country. Pakistan has talented women in every field,” she commented.

“Why only March 8, as everyday is women's day and the day of their empowerment”, she said.

Women Policy would be announced in the women convention; she disclosed and advised the women to avail benefits through “Hunarmand Programme”. “No sector in New Pakistan can progress without empowering the women,” she added. Dr Firdous added that Pakistan was changing today auspiciously and women would have all their due rights in ‘New Pakistan,’ asserting, “Pakistani women are playing active role in every sphere of life.” "I am proud that I belong to an Islamic welfare state. Our ideology is based on Islam that always advocates love, peace, humanity and fraternity as well as honour and respect for women". "I salute to pious personalities of Islam and Hazrat Khadijah (RA) is a role model for us,” she said.

She mentioned that all the constituents of the United Nations Charter of Demand had already been manifested in the Holy Quran. Muslim women were custodian of the social traditions, she said and asserted that adverse social behaviours were causing injustice to the women. Today, the world community and its behaviours had changed substantially and women have equal opportunities in all spheres of life, she said.

Prime minister’s vision of State of Madina could not be materialised without empowering women, she added. Despite all odds and social pressures, women are serving in every sector including Pakistan Army.

Speaking about women of occupied Kashmir, she said, International Women Day was incomplete without mentioning the Kashmiri women. “Today we have to quiver world conscience as international human rights organisations are not raising voice over Indian atrocities against people of occupied Kashmir including Kashmiri mothers, sisters and daughters. Pakistan would continue to highlight Kashmir issue and plight of Kashmiri women,” she vowed.

Why those, talking about women rights, were ignoring the rights of Indian and Kashmiri women, she said and asserted that why international organisations were hesitant to take notice of Narendra Modi’s tyrannies in India. Regarding Aurat March, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah should be role model for us and today was the day to pay homage to the women of Pakistan Movement. “Today, mothers should be paid tributes,” she said.

Dr Firdous said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan was taking effective measures to control price-hike and ensure maximum relief to the common man.

While, addressing the participants of an inaugural ceremony of a newly-established private school at Kotli Loharaan in Sialkot on Sunday, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said it was the top priority of the government to ensure quality education as it was successfully removing flaws in the educational system. The SAPM said the government was also striving to promote equal education for all under the Prime Minister's Uniform Education Policy.