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CM Punjab Maryam Nawaz’s exemplary efforts in promoting inclusion, diversity, and gender equality

CM Punjab Maryam Nawaz’s exemplary efforts in promoting inclusion, diversity, and gender equality

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CM Punjab Maryam Nawaz's exemplary efforts in promoting inclusion, diversity, and gender equality

 In an era where societal progress is measured not just by economic growth but by the inclusivity and empowerment of its people, Chief Minister Punjab Maryam Nawaz Sharif has emerged as a beacon of change. Her tenure in office has been marked by a transformative commitment to fostering diversity, promoting inclusion, and empowering marginalized groups across the province. Let us dive deeper into her visionary initiatives that are reshaping the socio-cultural landscape of the region.

CM Maryam Nawaz’s unwavering dedication to promoting religious harmony and tolerance is evident in her outreach efforts to diverse religious communities. She became the first Punjab Chief Minister to visit the Maryamabad Church in 131 years as she participated in the Christian festivities on the eve of Easter and distributed grants among 10,000 Christians for the first time in Punjab’s history. CM Nawaz greeted the women and shared her dream of a harmonious Pakistan. She mingled among the Christian women and inquired from them about the food they cooked and the clothes they prepared for Easter. She also reminisced about her days as a student at Convent of Jesus and Mary and denounced the labeling of Minorities.

These visits were characterized by genuine engagement with community leaders and members, fostering a dialogue that transcended religious divides. CM Nawaz emphasized the freedom to worship for all religions and protection against religion-based hate crimes, reaffirming her commitment to all the people of Pakistan. Furthermore, CM Punjab Maryam Nawaz spent a heartwarming day at ‘Chaman’, ‘Aafiat’, and ‘Darul Falah’ homes spreading the joy of Eid by distributing toys among children and bringing smiles to the elderly with promises of Hajj trips and Eidi. All these efforts are a true testament of CM’s dedication to not only Punjabis but Pakistan on the whole.

Also, Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been central themes of CM Maryam Nawaz’s governance agenda. She has launched a series of comprehensive initiatives aimed at dismantling barriers that hinder women’s progress and ensuring their active participation in all spheres of life. She took charge of launching mobile applications to eliminate violence and took steps towards a better workplace environment as well as providing safe accommodation among other things. These initiatives not only aim to empower women but also recognize their invaluable contributions to the socio-economic fabric of the province.

Similarly, CM Punjab has brought attention to the plight of differently abled individuals by welcoming the deaf Cricket team to the Chief Minister’s office where she sat among the players and communicated in sign language making them feel right at home. She later presented the players a prize cheque and announced the allocation of a cricket ground.

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CM Maryam Nawaz has advocated for policies that promote gender equality, protect women’s rights, and combat gender-based violence. CM Punjab’s proactive stance on these critical issues is reshaping societal norms and fostering a more inclusive environment where women are valued and respected as it was never the party’s focus in the past.

Recognizing the pivotal role of youth in shaping the future of the province, CM Maryam Nawaz has prioritized youth empowerment as a key pillar of her governance strategy. She understands that investing in the youth today will yield dividends in the form of technological growth, sustainable development and leaders of tomorrow. To this end, a range of initiatives has been launched to provide young people with access to quality education through revival of Punjab Education Endowment Fund, vocational training and paid Government Internships . Entrepreneurship programs, mentorship schemes, and leadership development workshops are also a part of CM Punjab’s vision.

CM’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment extends beyond individual initiatives; it is embedded in the very fabric of her policy-making approach. She believes in creating an inclusive society where every individual, regardless of their religion, has an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive without any fear. Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora, an influential minority leader, was sworn in as a provincial minister, making him the first Sikh to occupy a ministerial position in Punjab; this exemplary decision calls attention to CM’s dedication to the said cause.

For this, policies have been formulated to address systemic inequalities, promote social cohesion, and create an encouraging environment for marginalized groups. Whether it’s through targeted welfare programs, affirmative action policies, or community development projects, CM Maryam Nawaz is laying the groundwork for an equitable society.

In conclusion, Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s visionary approach to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment is setting a new paradigm for leadership in the province. Her unwavering commitment to religious harmony, gender equality, and youth empowerment is not only reshaping the socio-cultural landscape but also inspiring a new generation of leaders committed to building a brighter, more inclusive future for all. As we navigate through the complexities of our increasingly diverse society, leaders like CM Maryam Nawaz remind us of the transformative power of unity, empathy, and collective effort. Through her visionary initiatives and leadership, she is paving the way for a Punjab where diversity and inclusion are valued and empowerment is for all.

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

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 Federal Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik underscores the need for embracing environment-friendly technology to ensure sustainable development in Pakistan. 

In a recent address at a ceremony held in Islamabad, Minister Malik highlighted the pressing issue of environmental instability, noting that despite a purported zero carbon footprint, Pakistan was grappling with the adverse effects of climate change. 

He pointed to alarming indicators such as rising global temperatures and increased incidents of extreme weather events, including flash floods in Sindh that have devastated numerous villages, exacerbating food insecurity in the region. 

Acknowledging the dual challenge of environmental and economic instability, Minister Malik stressed the imperative for concerted action to address these issues. 

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He revealed that Pakistan’s total exports stand at $30 billion, with energy exports comprising a significant portion at $20 billion. 

To confront these challenges head-on, Minister Malik announced plans to ramp up petroleum products production, citing its critical role in ensuring energy security and fostering economic growth. 

He outlined various policies aimed at facilitating this increase, including incentivising consortiums for small companies and fostering cooperation with international stakeholders.

Underlining the centrality of energy security to economic development, Minister Malik reiterated the importance of adopting environment-friendly technologies to meet the nation’s energy demands sustainably.

He emphasised the utilisation of national resources as a key strategy in this endeavour.

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

A day after unidentified transgender persons armed with blades wounded PTI leader Raoof Hasan in an attack in Islamabad, police on Wednesday registered a case of the assault. 

The case registered against unidentified transgender persons at the Aabpara police station includes sections related to the charges of attempted murder and death threats. 

According to the first information report (FIR), Raoof Hasan was heading to a parking lot after participating in a TV talk show when he was ambushed by three transgender-like persons. 

The FIR details that these attackers tried to cut his throat with a sharp-edged tool. Hasan suffered a cut in the face when he stepped back in a bid to protect himself, it adds. 

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In the FIR, Raoof Hasan alleged that a similar attack was attempted on him two days back in Islamabad’s Blue Area. 

The PTI information secretary was attacked on Tuesday afternoon by some unidentified transgender persons with a blade in Islamabad’s G-7 area. He suffered a cut in the face.

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

The Judicial Activism Panel has penned a letter to Punjab Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, vehemently urging him not to approve the controversial Punjab Defamation Bill 2024 recently passed by the Punjab Assembly. 

The letter, authored by the Judicial Activism Panel, highlighted grave concerns over the Defamation Bill, asserting that its passage by the Punjab Assembly contradicts the principles outlined in Article 19 of the constitution. 

According to the panel, the enforcement of this bill poses a significant threat to the freedom of speech, a fundamental right guaranteed to every citizen. 

The panel argued that the implementation of the Defamation Bill would severely restrict the public’s access to vital information, serving as a formidable obstacle to the citizens’ right to information. 

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They emphasised that the bill, if enacted, would curtail the freedom of speech, thereby violating the fundamental right of the citizens.

Expressing apprehension, the letter said the law could potentially be exploited to serve political interests, further undermining the democratic principles upon which the nation is built.

In their fervent plea to Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, the Judicial Activism Panel demanded that he refrain from approving the bill and instead return it to the Punjab Assembly without his endorsement.

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