Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has pledged to protect women rights.

“No other society can give an example of the rights given by the religion of Islam to the women. The role of the women in the process of national development is praiseworthy and the importance of their role in the development of Pakistan cannot be denied,” the CM said in his message on the eve of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

A handout quoted the CM as saying: “It is equally true that no human society can be developed without first giving rights to the women. Dream of prosperity can be materialised by first empowering the women and that any injustice meted out to women is equivalent to cruelty.”  Giving details about steps taken by the Punjab government for the welfare of women, he said that effective legislation has been made to protect their rights as well as to eliminate torture in the society.

“A state-of-the-art centre is working in the historic city of Multan to redress the complaints and to provide prompt justice to the needy women. In this center, all the facilities including police, prosecution, medical and forensic are available under one roof. This is one of its kind center which helps to provide prompt justice by redressing the complaints. In this regard, it is equally important that we all should fulfill our religious, social and moral obligations for the elimination of incidents of violation in the society. Today, we should also make a commitment to efficiently fulfill our socio-cultural duties in an amicable manner. We should also reiterate our commitment that effective steps will be taken to eliminate the menace of violence against the women along with the protection of their rights at the grassroots,” concluded the CM. –Staff Reporter