Civil society to stage rallies in favour of WPB across Punjab

Muzaffar Ali

Lahore—The Civil Society activists will stage demonstration in support of Women Protection Bill 2016 across the Punjab on Saturday (today) to press the government to implement the protection bill immediately and effectively. In this regard, a rally will be held along Chairing Cross in front of Punjab Assembly at 3:00pm to salute the legislators of the Assembly for passing women protection bill while on the other hand they will also condemn the resistance against the new law from religious parties.
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan General Secretary I A Rehman Executive Director South Asia Partnership Muhammad Tehseen, SAP Deputy Director Irfan Mufti and others addressed a press conference held here at Lahore Press Club here on Friday.
I A Rehman said violence against women is not a religious issue rather it is social issue which should be resolved through the law of the country. He criticized the religious parties convention which has warned the government to withdraw the “un-Islamic” bill by March 27 or face a countrywide movement. “The law is not un-Islamic and the government should implement it in true spirit,” he demanded.
“We believe that the religious parties are exploiting it as there is no reason to put resistance against such a law which offers due rights to women. It is now the government’s responsibility that it should not bow to their [religious parties] demand,” he added. The civil society activists vowed to gather all the like-minded political and social parties on one platform in favor of this law and in this regard, they will start campaign at massive level soon.

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