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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that the “great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan”.
The message was shared by Pakistan Army Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Twitter on account of the International Women’s Day.
“We are proud of role and contributions of our women in uniform, back home and especially the ones who belong to martyrs’ families. The great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan” COAS.https://t.co/Mp7vviW74I#IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/8wECY5PhbW
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) March 8, 2018
In the message, the army chief was quoted saying: We are proud of role and contributions of our women in uniform, back home and especially the ones who belong to martyrs’ families. The great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan.
A video was also shared by Maj Gen Ghafoor which paid tribute to the women of Pakistan.
Shahida Malik, who was promoted as a major general in the army’s medical corps in 2002, said in the army, only merit and not one’s gender is considered important.
In response to a question while addressing the media today, she said women have to work hard, adding that professional women should also give a priority to their homes.
“Throughout life one faces difficulties from male colleagues,” she said in response to a question, adding that women in the workforce should be upright and professional.
Narrating her story, Gen (retd) Malik said no one, including her, could have imagined that she would be promoted to a two-star general but it happened.
Highlighting ways to deal with male colleagues who become stumbling blocks in one’s profession, the former two-star general says women should first ignore them and if they do not stop then “stand up, answer them, and set boundaries”.