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Opp may form separate women MPs caucus

Opp may form separate women MPs caucus

ISLAMABAD – Female opposition parties’ lawmakers may float an idea to form a separate Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) owing to differences with government’s women MNAs.

The WPC has become controversial after a visible division between treasury and opposition MNAs on Dr Shireen Mazari’s last month’s verbal clash with Minister for Water and Power Khwaja Asif in the parliament.

“Female opposition lawmakers may announce this idea in the upcoming National Assembly session,” shared opposition women lawmakers with The Nation, desiring not to be named.

The WPC was formed to increase women’s impact on political decisions but this recent episode has clearly created division in different members.

Most of the female opposition members are much concerned about this body’s future working to deal with the issues related to women.

“Realising the biased attitude of government side’s lawmakers to deal with the issue of Shireen Mazari, the opposition will float an idea to form a separate WPC,” said the sources in opposition parties.

The decision to leave existing WPC has yet not been taken by these lawmakers, they said.

Opposition parties MNAs, especially members of WPC, will soon hold an important meeting before the National Assembly session to thoroughly discuss the issue.

Some of these MNAs, after cold-shoulder response from the government on Shireen Mazari issue to resolve it, have started considering that the WPC under PML-N has proven to be useless on the issue of women and against their abuses.
They added that no action in Shireen Mazari’s issue has exposed the WPC working.

The lawmakers from government side still believe that the working of the WPC would not affect with this single incident.
They are confident to woo these opposition MNAs before National Assembly session, likely in the mid of August.

The Nation

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