LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said on Wednesday the incumbent government was taking multiple steps for the socio economic empowerment of women in the province.

He said this during a meeting with a delegation of the National Commission on the Status of Women led by its chairperson Nelofar Bakhtiar which called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar in his office here. The CM apprised the delegation that 18 women workers hostels and 1221 daycare centres had been established across Punjab. 

Similarly, women development centres had also been established in universities for career planning and capacity building in addition to starting online training programmes for the women, he continued. Meanwhile, a helpline facility was provided to give necessary legal guidance for the solution of women related problems, he said. The government had also strengthened the Violence Against Women Center in Multan and such facilities would also be established in Rawalpindi and other districts to provide prompt institutional support to the women in need, he added. The CM assured that the chairperson of the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women would soon be appointed and the government would also review resolving women related problems through a joint platform. The government was committed to providing facilities to prisoners through holistic reforms, he added. In this regard, necessary amendments would also be introduced to revamp the outdated system, the CM maintained and  asserted that any mistreatment of the women prisoners would not be tolerated.

Any mistreatment of women prisoners will not be tolerated, says Usman Buzdar 

The PTI government was the custodian of the rights of women which were around half of the population, he observed and continued that it had taken practical steps in this regard. He said the government was committed to giving equal rights as no society can progress without practical participation of the womenfolk in the national development process, the CM observed. The government had also taken steps to protect women in public places and strict action had been taken against the incidents of harassment. The harassers did not deserve any leniency, he maintained and added that respect given to womenfolk in Quran and Sunnah was a guiding principle for all. Nelofar Bakhtiar appreciated the steps taken by the Punjab government and said that practical work had been done in Punjab to provide facilities to women inmates in jails. Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat and others were also present.

CM chairs meeting to review LCBDDA progress

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday chaired a meeting of Lahore Central Business District Development Authority at his office to review the progress. The meeting was attended by Housing Minister Asad Khokhar, Chief Secretary, SMBR, Secretary Housing, Chairman P&D, Finance Secretary, Lahore Commissioner, SMU head and others. 

At the outset, the CM termed this project as a flagship initiative of the PTI government which was planned at the prime location of the city over an area of 125 acres. This project will boost trade and economic activities while creating job opportunities; he added and directed to expedite the project work. The CM said that this project was very attractive for foreign investors and there was a need to effectively showcase it before the foreign investors. This project will also be showcased at Dubai Expo, he added.

CEO Lahore Central Business District Development Authority Imran Amin informed that an 8-acre piece of land of this project had been sold at a record price of Rs22 billion which was 165 per cent more than the reserve price. 

Newly appointed OPC vice chairman calls on CM

Newly appointed Vice Chairman Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Tariq Mahmood-ul-Hassan on Wednesday called on Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar gave guidelines to the vice chairman regarding solution of problems of the overseas Pakistanis. He also expressed good wishes to the newly appointed vice chairman OPC.

Overseas Pakistanis are an asset of the country as a comprehensive strategy had been evolved for the solution of their problems, the Chief Minister said and added every effort would be made to resolve their issues.

CM condoles with Mohsin Naqvi

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Wednesday condoled with Mohsin Naqvi over the death of his maternal uncle Syed Afzal Naqvi, the chairman city news network. 

The CM visited the residence of Chairman City News Network late Syed Afzal Naqvi and condoled his death with Mohsin Naqvi. He prayed for the departed soul and extended sympathies with the bereaved family. 

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Gohar Ejaz and Secretary Information Raja Jahangir Anwar were also present on the occasion.

CM condoles with Mujeebur Rehman Shami, Ajmal Jami and Mohsin Naqvi

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar visited the residences of senior journalists Mujeebur Rehman Shami , anchorperson Ajmal Jami and Mohsin Naqvi. He condoled over the death of Shami’s elder brother Sahibzada Ziaur Rehman Shami , Ajmal Jami’s father Capt (retd) Muhammad Irshad and maternal uncle of Mohsin Naqvi respectively. The Chief Minister offered Fateha for the departed souls and extended sympathies with the bereaved family members.

CM seeks report from RPO DG Khan

Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has sought a report from Commissioner and RPO Dera Ghazi Khan regarding the road blockage linking Punjab to Balochistan. CM directed to take effective measures for smooth traffic flow. He further said the passengers were facing difficulties due to an out of order truck on this road causing a traffic jam which should be immediately removed for continuous flow of traffic and additional force also be deployed for this purpose.