United Kingdom Member of Parliament Tasmina Ahmed calls on Minister Social Welfare Shamim Mumtaz

Karachi, October 04, 2016 (PPI-OT): United Kingdom Member of Parliament Tasmina Ahmed Shaikh who was elected MP on the platform of Scottish National Party from Ochil and south Perthshire constituency called on to Sindh Minister for Social Welfare Ms. Shamim Mumtaz here at her office and discussed and explored possible cooperation and partnership on women empowerment, protection of children, issues of minorities, special persons and she males.

Provincial Minster Shamim Mumtaz told Ms. Shaikh that despite the shortage and scarcity of funds, social welfare department was performing well and added that with the cooperation of International and national non-government organization some units of her department were running successfully throughout the province. She quoted the example of Dar-ul-Aman Karachi and fifteen child protection units working in various districts of Sindh Province.

On the occasion she rejected the impression that honour killing was custom of Sindh province and added it was not karo kari (honour killing) but karobari (business). She said that most of cases of honour killing were reported when new crops come up in markets and rural people had money in their pockets.

She urged the need for creating awareness and education of elder leaders and chieftains of villages and tribes to root out this evil of society. Provincial Minster also suggested the training of officials of social welfare department on the empowerment of women, domestic violence, and social injustice issues. Ms. Shamim Mumtaz further informed that she was working to setup social welfare fund.

Ms. Tasmina Shaikh who also acted in Pakistani TV plays appreciated the spirit of Provincial Minister Social Welfare and said that she was strong supporter of women empowerment. ‘We have to give confidence to our women and make them economically strong,’ she remarked.

She said that she was the first Muslim woman MP of UK parliament from Scottish territory and went around different Muslim countries with aim to organize World Muslim Women Parliamentarian Summit. Ms. Tasmina Ahmed Shaikh invited Provincial Minister Shamim Mumtaz to attend the summit which will be finalized soon. Ms. Shaikh thanked provincial minister and agreed to make partnerships for betterment of society.

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