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PM forms committee to formulate Women Empowerment Policy

PM forms committee to formulate Women Empowerment Policy

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday constituted an eleven-member committee to formulate the National Women Empowerment Policy which will be launched on International Women's Day on March 8, Radio Pakistan reported.

Federal Minister Zahid Hamid has been made convener of the committee, which has been formed just two days after Punjab Governor Rafiq Rajwana signed the Protection of Women against Violence Bill into law.

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PM Office prepared a working paper in consultation with various stakeholders and Pakistan's Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization to align the policy with national and international undertakings.

PM Nawaz has directed the committee to submit its final recommendations on the policy by Saturday for his approval.

The women's protection bill which had been unanimously passed by the Punjab Assembly on February 24 prohibits torture of wives and bans expulsion of the woman from home in case of a clash with her husband and instead the husband could be banished from home for two days.

Violators will be awarded jail terms and fine, besides installation of trackers on violent husbands on court orders.

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