ISLAMABAD February 12 was commemorated as Pakistan Womens Day with the message that Pakistani women will fight for their rights since they not only understand their problems but also have the courage to solve them. In this regard, Ministry of Women Development (MoWD) organised a function A milestone in the Struggle for Womens Rights in collaboration with National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) and Women Parliamentarian Caucus at the auditorium of Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). Special Assistant to Prime Minister of Social Sector Shehnaz Wazir Ali while reminding the old days of Zia-regime said that she could never forget February 12 in 1983 when brutal action was taken by a dictator against the women who were protesting for the rights of women in Lahore. She while condemning the regime of a military dictator, Zia-ul-Haq said that the regime introduced many black laws against women like Hadood Ordinance, Law of Evidence etc that restricted the women within the boundaries of their houses. All that legislation was introduced under the cover of Islam during the dictatorship of Zia, she regretted. She said the February 12 would be remembered as the first step of struggle of Pakistani women for their rights. Attia Daud, a Sindh-based poetess in her poem criticised the legislators who passed the Shariat Bill (Hasba Bill) in the regime of Musharraf as in her words it was a discriminatory law. She said that no brutality on women could convince them to accept this bill. Bushra Aitzaz, a Human Rights activist while speaking on the occasion said that women were unaware of their strength and until they were ready to resist and protest for their rights, they would never succeed. Women want equality with no special rights and we should understand that humanity comes first, then comes sexuality, she maintained. Raheena Taufeeq, a famous poetess and women rights activist in a lighter mood in her poem said that when Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) in his saying said that paradise lay beneath the foots of mothers how a woman status of witness could be reduced to half as compared to men. Hina Jilani and famous artist Faryal Gahour also remembered the old days of 1983 when women were baton-charged and many of them were sent behind the bars on the same day. Sara Zaman, a folk artist and Lal Band another artist presented their performances and amused the audience.