Life and Misery of Gypsies

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Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's Era During the 1970 Election campaign, Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto emerged as the clear front runner in the Punjab and Sind. He is the first person who has played a significant role in empowerment of women Pakistan. In his era, for the first time, women voted for the candidates of their own choice, irrespective of their husband’s desires. This was a big step in the political empowerment of women at the grass roots level.
On assuming power in December 1970, Mr. Bhutto gave top priority to drafting a new constitution in which he especially highlited women rights. Begum Nasim Jahan and Begum Ashraf Abbasi were the two lady members of the Constitution Committee which is also an example of empowerment of women in Pakistan.The 1973 Constitution brought about greater gender equality, stipulating that there would be no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, caste or sex for appointment in the service of Pakistan. It also guaranteed reserved seats for women in Local Bodies and mandated that steps be taken to ensure the participation of women in all spheres of national life.
However, as mentioned earlier, in spite of forceful demands put forward by APWA and other women organizations, and a determined effort made by Begum Nasim Jahan in the National Assembly, the principle of female suffrage for the reserved women’s seats, was not revived in the 1973 Constitution. Bhutto’s Law Minister, Mr. Abdul Hafeez Peerzada, felt that as in the past the political parties had been unable to find suitable female candidates beyond the big cities, an election based on female suffrage would produce unhealthy results. He was also influenced by the fact that, although women had played a remarkable role in the 1970 Election Campaign, none of them was able to get elected. In his view this proved that the better category of women politicians were adverse…...

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