Scholar focuses on women's issues in Pakistan

DUBAI - The women members of the National Assembly belonging to the opposition and the government in Pakistan are united on solving women's problems in their country, Dr Farida Ahmed, an MNA of Muttahida Majlis Amal from Karachi, said in an interview here.

By M.a.qudoos

Published: Thu 13 Feb 2003, 2:19 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 10:24 PM

She said that women's problems would be raised in the National Assembly by the 72 women members. The first session of the assembly will begin on Saturday and continue till March 10.

She said that priority will be given to enacting laws on Virasat that will financially benefit urban and rural women.
She said that importance would be given to avoid several years of delay in the decision of cases pending in the country's courts and the members would make efforts to ensure that the courts decide all cases related to divorce, Khula, Mehr, custody of children, etc within six months. She said that the women MNAs will also work to stop the practices of honour killing.

She alleged that the funds received by the NGOs from foreign sources for welfare of women in the country were not being properly spent on women. She asserted that the NGOs should not be allowed to get funds directly; instead, all funds should be received by the government and distributed among the NGOs.

Dr Farida is also Vice-Chancellor of the Islamic University for Women established in Karachi in 1990. She is also the founder president of Women's Islamic Mission established in Karachi in 1959.


The scholar will speak at women's gatherings in Dubai immediately after the Maghrib prayers on the subject of the training of the mother and the child in an Islamic way today and tomorrow. Today's lecture will be held at the residence of Haji Abdul Razzak Yaqoob (Tel 3985438) and tomorrow's at the residence of Mohammad Taufique Amdani (Tel 2896775). The lectures are open to ladies.

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