ISLAMABAD  – The government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) must work jointly to provide solace to the oppressed segments of the society, especially women and children, said Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Sherpao (PPP-S) Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao.

Talking to a delegation of “Aware Girls,” a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working on women awareness and empowerment here on Sunday, Sherpao said the women were among the worst victims of militancy and intolerance. The psychological and physical trauma the oppressed women were going through, had created a deep scar of depression on them.

MPA Nargis Sameen, PPP-S Labour-wing in-charge Faqir Hussain and NGO workers were also present on the occasion. He asked the government to gradually remove this trauma-like situation and provide helpful atmosphere to heal their wounds and help them live a normal life.

The PPP-S chairman said that the women constituted half of the total population and efforts should be made to provide education and equal opportunities to them. Aftab Sherpao lauded the strength of women and said peace could only be established by taking into account suggestions of people from all faiths.

He said that Islam condemned all kinds of violence against women that continued in different ways. “The violence continues in shape of honour killings, domestic violence and sexual assault,” he said.

Referring the current situation, he said the economy was stagnating from the energy scarcity and the government must overcome the energy crises.