LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said country’s women must be brought to national streamline to achieve the targets of development.

“It is impossible to progress without women, who constitute a major portion of Pakistan’s population,” the chief minister said while talking to a delegation of PML-N women legislators at his office on Sunday.

Shahbaz Sharif highlighted the talent of Pakistani women who are playing important role in education, health, information technology, banking, engineering and other sectors. The Punjab government has taken historic decisions for development of women, protection of their rights as well as economic empowerment, he added.

The chief minister assured the assembly members that special centers will be set up for providing immediate justice to the women who are subjected to violence. He further informed the first center is being set up in Multan.

“Women will be deputed at these special centers and police, prosecution, medical and forensic facilities will be available under one roof,” he told them.

“This first and unique center of South Asia will play an important role in addressing the complaints of women.”

Shahbaz also urged the women to join the practical field and contribute to national development and prosperity instead of being confined to homes after especially after completing their education.

More than 50 percent population of Pakistan is comprised of women and if they enter into practical field, the country will definitely achieve its development targets, he believed.

The employment quota of women in government sector has been increased up to 15 percent while a 3-year relaxation in age limit is also being given to women for giving them more job opportunities, the CM further said.

“Government’s decision to give 33 percent representation to women in all decision-making boards and committees will result in their effective participation in decision-making process,” Shahbaz hoped.

He added day care centers are being set up in all government and non-government institutions while the law regarding protection of women against harassment at work place has also been enforced.

Legislation has been undertaken to ensure the right of women in inheritance, he informed the legislators.

The assembly members lauded the efforts of Chief Minister for the welfare and development of women. They also hoped the steps taken by Punjab government for the development and empowerment of women will yield positive results.