LAHORE  - Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Chairman Rafique Tarar Wednesday said that that Quaid-e-Azam wanted to see women play an active and energetic role in our national life.

Delivering his presidential address at the one-day ideological training workshop for the women political workers at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, he said, the Quaid’s sister Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah presented a brilliant example in this regard by taking an active part in the Pakistan Movement by collecting the Muslim women under the banner of the Muslim League.

The Trust in collaboration with the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust arranged the sitting. Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, former law minister SM Zafar, Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal, Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust women’s wing convener Begum Mehnaz Rafi, eminent columnist Salman Abid, NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed, women workers of different political parties including Shafquat Ameen, Aneela Baig, Gulshan Arshad, Shazia Abdul Qadir, Rashida Saheen, Urwa Habiba, Rubina Shafqat, Zainab Arshad, Afnan Babar and Asma Shahid attended the workshop.

Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that the objective of our institution to make all the classes of society is conscious of the real entity of Pakistan. The success of the Pakistan Movement depended to a large extent on the energetic participation of women. It is heartening to find our women advancing in all fields of life.

SM Zafar observed that the Pakistan Movement would be ever-shining in our history due to the glorious achievements of the Muslim women such as Bi Amman, Begum Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Begum Jahan Ara Shahnawaz, Begum Bashir Ahmad, Begum Abdullah Haroon, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan and Fatima Sugra.

Begum Mehnaz Rafi observed that the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust continues its mission of acquainting the public with life and achievements of our national heroes and transforming it into a modern Islamic, democratic and welfare state according to the vision of Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-e-Azam.

Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal observed that the Quaid-e-Azam presented a glorious exemplar of his sister, Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, who animated the Muslim women during the Pakistan Movement. She advocated the establishment of Women Protection Offices in order to rid them of warn-out rites and superstitions.

She remarked that 22nd amendment should be introduced to protect women’s rights. Girls’ education alone could change their destiny, she observed.

Salman Abid advised the women to widen their social network. They should gain full awareness of the contents of their party manifestoes and highlight the virtues of the party. They must beware of grouping in politics. Power politics only aims at benefiting specific individuals. Women political workers must raise their voice within and without their respective political parties for securing women’s rights and resolving their problems. The political parties must also concentrate on training their women workers.

During the programme, ‘fatiha’ was offered for the salvation and elevation of the soul of Pakistan Movement worker Begum Kalsoom Saif Ullah. A documentary on the participation of women in the Pakistan Movement and the political arena was also shown.

In the end, the women political workers participating in the training programme were given away certificates.