LAHORE (ENN) Fozia Viqar, Chairperson, Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) has been terminated by the Women Development Department (WDD), Punjab without citing any reason with immediate effect, says the notification.
She is on ex-Pakistan leave, visiting USA now adays.
According to a notification issued by Secretary WDD, the services of Fozia have been terminated with immediate effect on payment of one month’s basic pay in lieu of one month’s notice of termination of her contract under clause 4 of the terms and conditions of contract agreement.
According to Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Act 2014, chairperson can be removed from the office if the chairperson is found guilty of misconduct after completion of an inquiry.
Various clauses of the Act said that chairperson can be removed from her office if she is adjudged as an un-discharged insolvent.
Additionally she can be removed from the office if she is unfit for continuing in office by reason of being mentally or physically challenged and stands so declared by a medical board constituted by the government.
Civil society representatives while condemning the act have declared notification beyond the law.
Reinstate chair PCSW, demands HRCP
The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) is deeply concerned at the way Fauzia Viqar, chairperson of the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), has been removed summarily from her position by the Government of Punjab.
HRCP calls for an immediate withdrawal of the notification and reinstatement of Ms Viqar. She is one of the most effective defenders of women’s rights and her performance has always been up to the mark.
Given the already narrow confines in which human rights bodies operate, they must not be subjected to political expediency. Rather, they must be allowed to function independently if they are to remain effectual.