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NCSW Condemns the Spate of Terrorist attacks in Baluchistan

Jun 19, 2013

Press Release  19 June, 2013

Meeting in Islamabad on 18-19 June, the National Commission on the Status of Women strongly condemned the spate of terrorist attacks on Quaid-e-Azam’s residency in Ziarat, women’s university students’ bus and Bolan Medical Complex, Quetta.  The Commission expressed dismay at the burning down of the Quaid’s residency which is a national heritage building of great importance. It urged the government to apprehend those claiming responsibility for the act and deal with them in accordance with the law. It further asked the government to restore the building and its sanctity to its original state, and to ensure comprehensive security and protection of the monument in future.

The Commission while condemning the abhorrent attacks on the university bus in which 14 female students lost their lives and 19 are critically burnt, and on the medical complex that left 4 nurses and scores of officials and others dead with many injured, demanded that the culprits who have accepted responsibility for the carnage arrested and severely punished for their crime. The Commission considers repeated targeting of female educational institutions and students as a blatant violation of girl’s Constitutional right to education.

Among other matters deliberated upon in the NCSW meeting were the need for amendment in electoral laws to prevent denial of women’s right to vote in elections; admissibility of DNA tests in cases of rape; women’s exclusion from decision making institutions in FATA; taking forward pending Bills related to Reproductive Health Care, Child Rights Commission, Corporal punishment; developing mechanisms for implementation of laws enacted by the previous Assembly; revisiting of Domestic Violence Bill; liaising with provincial governments for the formation of provincial Commissions on the status of women; future research areas; and other routine matters. The 48th meeting of NCSW was attended by members from all four provinces, FATA, ICT, AJK and minorities as well as ex-officio members from 4 federal ministries.         

(Khawar Mumtaz)

Chairperson

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