PPP to continue struggle for respectable status of women: Zardari

Islamabad: Former President of Pakistan and President Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians Asif Ali Zardari in his message on the eve of International Women’s Day said that following the vision of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto the PPP will continue its struggle for a respectable status of women in the society. Former President said that women have played a pivotal role in the development of Pakistan. Women have offered great sacrifices for the development of the country and have fought valiantly not only for their own democratic rights but also for the rights of the people of Pakistan. Women suffered immense hardships during dictatorships in Pakistan but continued to struggle for a democratic, plural, progressive and prosperous Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari said. Benazir Bhutto always raised her voice for women’s rights and took several measures to give them equal status in the society. She established separate women police stations and First Women Bank and reserved quota for women in every department. PPP initiated Benazir Income Support Program during its government in 2008-2013. PPP provided every opportunity to women so that they could compete with their counterpart, he concluded.