ISLAMABAD: May Day was observed throughout the country with determination to work for the welfare of the working class. Seminars and rallies were held on Thursday in different parts of the country to pay tributes to those who laid down their lives in Chicago in 1886 for the rights of the Laborers.
The President and the Prime Minister in their messages on the occasion have urged the workers to play their role in making Pakistan a truly progressive country. President Pervez Musharraf said the government was fully alive to address the problems of workers and would ensure their fundamental rights by pursuing active policies in this regard. He said Islam places great emphasis on the rightful status of a worker in the society.
In his message, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said the government will comprehensively review the country’s existing labor laws to bring them in conformity with the International Labor Standards. He said all such laws, regulations and systems would be abolished which support any opportunity of exploitation of the work force.
The Prime Minister said the government was taking all possible measures for the welfare and well being of workers. He said protection of human rights was the bed-rock of Islamic teachings and so was the dignity and respect for labor. The day was also observed in Northern Areas and Azad Kashmir. A rally in connection with Labor Day participated by a large number of workers was taken out in Multan Thursday. Similar rallies were also held in Peshawar and Quetta.