PRO No. 162/12
Public Relations Office
The Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Bahawalpur ( ): Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar, Vice Chancellor, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur has said that women are the most significant part of society and almost all religions have furnished teaching of protection of women rights; and particularly the religion of Islam has provided guidance to the world by specifying inheritance rights for women. He expressed these views in his address on the eve of presiding the “Programme of Gender Justice trough Joint Struggle of the Society” organized jointly by SAP Pakistan and Cholistan Development Council (CDC) at Abbasia Camus. The Vice Chancellor added that SAP Pakistan and CDC have created awareness among women of Bahawalpur about inheritance rights, consent about marriage and other gender rights. We can also become vindicated by following teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar said that, through the joint efforts of IUB and CDC gender discrimination has been eliminated in the university and healthy activities have got a boost. He expressed hope that in future activities based on the awareness of women rights and relevant laws will be imparted through the collaboration of IUB with CDC. Director CDC Farooq Ahmed Khan said that foundation of a peaceful society can be laid by according the right of inheritance and consent marriage to women. He further added that in the coming quarter various seminars will be organized with IUB, Radio Pakistan, Police and Health Department. He felicitated the Vice Chancellor and said that under his dynamic leadership IUB is steadily crossing the phases of development and witness to this fact is recent ranking of the university on national level as it has achieved eleventh position rising six positions from the previous 17th. He hoped that IUB will keep up this spirit and eventually become the best university of the country. On this occasion Programme Co-ordinator Gender Justice Programme, Mrs. Razia Malik, presented the annual report and said a number of cases of violation of laws of inheritance and forced marriage were reported in Bahawalpur district and CDC accordingly provided those affected women the due guidance , assistance and relief with the coordination of law enforcing agencies. Syed Tariq Shah, Station director Radio Pakistan Bahawalpur said that his organization is always keen to highlight women issues of inheritance and consent marriage rights in its broadcasts; and it will extend maximum coordination in producing documentaries and other promotional programmes for creating awareness about these core issues with collaboration of CDC, SAP and IUB on priority basis. Assistant Professor Media Studies Department, IUB, Dr. Muhammad Shehzad said that it is the responsibility of the media to play its vital role in the elimination of gender discrimination from the society and instead of creating sensation it should promote activities and programmes based on the honour and dignity of women community. On this occasion PRO IUB, Shehzad Ahmed Khalid, Asstt Director Information, Nasir Hameed, Programme Officer CDC, Aleem Ahmed Khan, Senior Producers Sajjad Ahmed Barri, Ashiq Abbasi, DOH (HQ) Dr. Aslam, Inspector, FBR Syed Tanseer-ul-Hassan Shah, Revenue Officer Jam Muhammad Aslam , representatives of Police Department, Education Officer and officers of other line departments were also present.