ISLAMABAD: Ambassadors of Poland and Algeria Tuesday held separate meetings with Federal caretaker Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney and discussed with him various issues of mutual interests including Human Rights situation prevailing in Pakistan. In his meeting with Ambassador of Poland to Pakistan Dr. Krzystof Debnicki, the Minister apprised the Polish Ambassador in detail the current political and Human Rights situation prevailing in Pakistan. He said that the untimely demise of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is in fact a big loss to the whole nation and country and this tragedy will cast lasting impression in the days to come.
He said that the general elections are scheduled for February 18 and the leading party will be handed over the charge of the government affairs. He also told the Ambassador that the mentally retorted prisoners will get special treatment and those involved in minor offences will be released from the jails. In a separate meeting with Ambassador of Algeria Nadir Larbaoui, the Minister said that the country needs national reconciliation and informed the Algerian Ambassador that the Government of Pakistan has elevated the status of Human Rights wing to a Division.
The Algerian Ambassador on the occasion said that his country has a similar setup of Human Rights in Algeria. He further said that there are National observers for Human Rights in Algeria and those observers have autonomous position as they work independently and report to the President of Algeria. Ansar Burney said that his Ministry is working for the establishment of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. The Proposed Commission, he said, will have independent position and all its members will have no political affiliations.-SANA