ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman has agreed that
perhaps women are being exploited in the media but this was a worldwide concern. She stated in the Senate session on Monday. Responding to points raised by the mover and the Leader of the Opposition on Bill relation Regulations for Advertisements, Minister for Information Sherry Rehman said as per decision the government would not oppose sending the Bill to the Committee but it would oppose the Bill at that level.
She pointed out that there was no reference in the constitution that requires complete blackout of women from media and especially advertisements. She however said women are equal citizens of Pakistan.These are The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill 2006 and the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment-II) Bill moved by Kamran Murtaza and the Regulations for Advertisements Bill 2008 moved by Dr. Kausar Firdous.
The Leader of the House Mian Raza Rabbani said the government in principle has decided that the Bills should be referred to the Standing Committees and the Treasury benches would take a position there. The House deferred consideration of six Bills moved by Chaudhry Muhammad Anwar Bhinder when Leader of the House Mian Raza Rabbani and Law Minister Farooq H. Naik observed that these were good pieces of legislations moved by a private member but some of them require improvement.
They proposed that the mover should sit down with the Law Ministry to fine tune them. The Law Minister said the government would not raise any objections to these Bills for the sake of opposition but in the spirit that these should go a long way in solving grievances and hardships of the litigants. The Bills in question would come to the House again after joint review by the mover and the Law Ministry.-SANA