LAHORE – TheNation Editor-in-Chief and Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Majid Nizami has asked the women to work with the same passion for the development of the country as the women of Pakistan Movement did at the time of independence.

He was addressing a sitting at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan on Wednesday, organised by the NPT and Idara Istehqam Sherqti Taraqi on International Women Day.

Begum Suraya KH Khurished presided over the event. NPT Vice-chairman Dr Rafique Ahmed, Dr Parveen Khan, Begum Mehnaz Rafi, Dr Sara Shahid, Begum Khalida Jamil, Dr Samar Fatima, Dr Isma Mamdoot, Salman Abid, Khalida Parveen, Rana Safdar, Dure Shaheen, Asia Shaheen and people from different walks of life attended the sitting.

Majid Nizami said that he thought a woman’s first focus should be her own home and if she fulfilled her job there, it could make a difference in the whole society.

He said he believed had Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah not been there, the establishment of Pakistan could have not been possible. “She (Fatima Jinnah) sacrificed her profession as a dentist and made it her duty to look after her brother (Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah) during his illness”, said Majid Nizami, adding that if she had hesitated in doing so, the independence was not possible, he said. He prayed the country achieved development and emerge as an Islamic welfare state.  Dr Rafique said that women were the powerful tool for progress of a society. He urged the females to vote for the right persons and especially those politicians who have the capability to work for the protection of women’s right. He said that there was a need to arrange debates and seminars on women’s right and said the NPT forum would always welcome this kind of sittings.

Begum Suraya said the Pakistan Movement women workers though were not foreign qualified, they worked shoulder to shoulder with men and made the creation of Pakistan a reality. Now, she added, the need was to improve the financial and social status of women so that they could participate for the development of society.

Begum Mehnaz Rafi regretted that women were being ignored in policy making. Quaid had the confidence on females’ capabilities but the rulers after his death totally ignored the women in every field.

Salman Abid advocated the need to improve the literacy level among women and spoke about the change being felt in every circle due to the participation of women.