LAHORE - Former Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that poverty is increasing due to injudicious distribution of resources and non-implementation of policies. He was addressing a seminar organised by the Nazria Pakistan Trust here at the Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehrik-e-Pakistan on Monday. Aziz said that women were working shoulder-to-shoulder with the men, but they were paid meagre salaries. The Pakistani women are facing many problems and they are also victim of mal-nutrition which needed attention of the government, he added. He said that food security was a world-wide problem, adding tahat the food sources were ample, but its availability was hampered due to poverty. He said that the nature had bestowed Pakistan with rich national resources, fertile land, water and hardworking farmers, but still food crisis hit the country during Musharrafs regime. Pakistan is now self-sufficient but prices of eatables and essentials are high. Our women are attached in domestic industry and share the family income. The Benazir Income Support Programme as well as Sasti Roti Scheme is good programmes. But, these provide benefit only to one fourth of the total population, he observed. Population growth was a problem and our production was coming short of our need, he added. Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad said that women were victim of malnutrition, particularly the rural women. He said that 67 per cent of our women in rural areas were working in the agriculture fields. Begum Mehnaz Rafi said that child labour was increasing and now girls were engaged in child labour. Dr MA Soofi, Dr Parveen Khan, Begum Amna Ulfat MPA, Fatima Bari, Begum Khalida Jamil, Uzma Kardar and a student Fatima raised a number of questions which were replied by the speakers.