BAHAWALPUR - Punjab Minister for Prisons Iqbal Channar said that forced marriages and violation of women’s right to Inheritance are major and serious crimes.

“More legislation is needed to educate the people in this regard across the country. He was talking to the parliamentarians in a meeting jointly arranged by the Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan and the South Asia Partnership Pakistan. Channar said the Punjab government was specifically focusing on women and youth development and the government had taken a many initiatives. Furthermore, he said, efforts of the Cholistan Development Council in empowerment of women were remarkable and government of Punjab will collaborate with it in such efforts.

Islamia University of Bahawalpur Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar said Islam is the universal religion and it has given priority to the poor and women. He said it is normal practice that people do not give right to inheritance to their women which is directly against Islam.  Farooq Ahmad Khan, the Director of the Council, said every member of the society should play a active role to empower women to avoid forced marriages and depriving women of their right to Inheritance. He said, “If we want to see Pakistan developed and peaceful country, we have to start awareness, make legislation and implement existing laws of Pakistan.”

Programme Director Razia Malik gave a briefing about current situation of women’s right to inheritance in Punjab and district Bahawalpur. She said there are many types of violence being practised in Bahawalpur and Cholistan. MPA Haji Zufiqar Ali, Syed Tabish Alvari, Habibullah Bhutta, Mrs Qaisra Yaqoub, Vice Chairman BDA Aqeel Najam, Campaign Officer CDC Aleem Ahmad Khan and other members of Focal Group of CDCP also attended the meeting.