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Working women to get state protection: Qaim

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Thursday expressed hope that the problems faced by working women would be resolved and they would be protected against harassments through establishment of Ombudsman.

Talking to the newly-appointed provincial ombudsman for protection of women against harassment at work place, Pir Ali Shah who called on him at CM Secretariat, Qaim directed him to ensure protection of women at work place. The ombudsman discussed matters of mutual interest with the CM and apprised him about details of activities assigned to him. Meanwhile, the CM while taking notice of flow of water from Balochistan into Nai Gaaj in District Dadu that caused 50 feet breach directed Sindh Minister for Irrigation Jam Saifullah Dharejo, Hyderabad Commissioner Ahmed Bux Narejo and Secretary Irrigation Babar Effendi to ensure that no water is released in Sindh again. He further directed them to ensure rehabilitation of affected villages. Sindh Assembly Deputy Speaker Shahla Raza also called on Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at CM House. She discussed matters of mutual interest and issues belonging to Sindh Assembly. Other related issues were also discussed.

OMBUDSMAN VOWS TO CHECK HARASSMENT AGAINST WOMEN: The newly-appointed Ombudsman for protection of women against harassment at work place, Pir Ali Shah called on Sindh Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik at his office here on Thursday. Malik while welcoming the recently-appointed ombudsman said that his appointment has taken place at very opportune time when the cases of harassment of women at work place were increasing. He informed him in detail the responsibilities and functions of the Sindh Ombudsman. On the occasion, he expressed his confidence that his appointment to the position would act as check against growing complaints of working women in this regard.

Malik assured of his full cooperation in setting up of the Women Complaint Secretariat and also offered to provide informal training to his officers and staff by the experienced functionaries of his Secretariat. Ali Shah appreciated the gesture, shown by Ashraf Malik and said that the two institutions have similar objectives that is the resolution of complainants grievances; therefore, it will be mutually helpful and in public interest to benefit from each other’s experiences. It may be recalled that Musarrat Hilali , Federal Women’s Ombudsman for protection of women against harassment at work place had earlier met Ashraf Malik and exchanged views relating to general complaints of harassment of women at work place. The Provincial Ombudsman had also assured her of full cooperation of his Secretariat during her visit to the province in connection with hearings and disposal of cases.

The Nation

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