Ashrafi calls for curbing violence against women in conflict zones

LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Central Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi has said that it is a responsibility of the international community to bring to an end the trend of violence against women in conflict zones throughout the world. Vulnerable communities have high hopes for the success of international conference taking place in London to help put an end to sexual assault during conflicts. 
According to a press release, Hafiz Ashrafi expressed these views during a conversation with reporters upon his arrival at London to attend the international conference. 
Maulana Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, Lord Mahmood Khushi, Umar Malik, Maulana Tayab Qasmi and other colleagues were accompanying him. 
The PUC chairman said that no religion, including Islam, allowed women to be victimised. Unfortunately, he said, we were witnessing growing incidents of sexual violence against women in places like Nigeria, Syria and the occupied Kashmir. He said that the London conference against sexual violence was a step in the right direction. 
“The PUC fully supports this initiative and hopes that a code-of-conduct will be determined during this conference to put an end to sexual violence and protect vulnerable communities,” it added. 

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