ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need to empower women for the development of the country.

Addressing a ceremony here in Islamabad on Friday, he said provision of safe and conducive environment to women entrepreneur is our national responsibility. Ahsan Iqbal said our religion and constitution also guarantee the protection of women rights. He further said at the onset of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) expanded women’s rights to include inheritance, property and marriage rights.

Condemning the brutality against women, the Minister said due respect should be given to women at workplace and educational institutions, encouraging them to play more effective role in national development. He stressed that a countrywide awareness campaign should be launched against women harassment.