S. A Haidri
Islamabad: Terming women as the most essential part of the society the Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan has said that environment of the State vis-à-vis the gender equality is exemplary as women were being considered as important part of the society and treated respectfully all across the region.
Prime Minister expressed these views while addressing a session with the party leaders of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) AJK chapter women wing here on Wednesday. Secretary General PML-N AJK Shah Ghulam Qadir, President Women Wing and Minister of the State Mrs. Noreen Arif, General Secretary Almas Gardezi, Senior Vice President Shehnaz Aurangzaib, President Punjab Zarqa Javed, Vice President Tehmina Khan, Rehana Shahid, Saiqa Rehman, Andleeb Akbar, Shehnaz, Rehana Khan, Rehana Kazmi and other female party members were present in the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, Raja Mohammad Farooq Haider Khan reiterated that he was looking forward to see women flourishing as leaders and entrepreneurs in addition to their contributions. “Practical steps would be taken to address the health and education issues of women living in far-flung and backward areas of Azad Kashmir”, he said adding that the freedom of society is not just for men, but women have equal rights.
Prime Minister admired the efforts of women in general elections saying that women workers had played key role in previous elections and incumbent government has decided to enroll participation of women in discretionary posts besides maintaining their involvement in local body elections.
Prime Minister lamented that unfortunately there are no any ideal health facilities available for women in far-flung areas of the State, even young doctors hailing from same areas do not want to go back and perform their duties in backward and rural areas.
“Doctors working in the remote areas have been upgraded, apart from the provision of facilities to solve their problems”, the Prime Minister added.
Prime Minister stated that the incumbent government was taking all necessary measures to ease masses especially women.