Pak Affairs

Govt committed to protect human rights: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said that PPP Government is committed to protect and promotion of human rights and to create a society free of human sufferings and deprivations in the country. He was addressing at the concluding ceremony of the ten-day celebrations in Islamabad on Saturday to the conferment of international Award by United Nations upon Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, for her untiring and dedicated services for the sacred cause of protection of human rights throughout her life.

The Prime Minister said the policy framework of the government on the human rights envisages elimination of injustice and poverty and fundamental freedom to all the citizens. He said the Government wants to promote tolerance and harmony as per the lesson and vision of our great leaders Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Quaid-e-Awam Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.

Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani said that we have been taught the sanctity of human rights by our religion Islam since the last more than 1400 years. He said the first and most comprehensive charter of human rights was actually the last sermon of the Holy Prophet Mohammad SAWW on the occasion of Hujjatul Widah.

He said in pursuance of this Sermon and the provision of the Constitution, we stand committed, to the promotion and protection of the human rights, not only for our own people but also for the people every where in the world. He said special emphasis is being given to safeguard the rights of women, children and minorities in the country. The Prime Minister announced “Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human Rights Fund” with an initial amount of ten million rupees which will be used for the relief of the human rights victims.

He also announced five Civil Awards with the name of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Human Rights Award will be conferred every year Upton two Human Rights Organizations and three Human Rights Activities. He said the recipients will be announced on 27th December and will be conferred by the President on 14th August each year.

He said the Government has established a full-fledged ministry of Human Rights in the vision of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and manifesto of PPP and decided to set up an Independent National Commission for Human Rights. He said Human Rights Committees are being established at provincial and district levels to curb human rights violation.

Minister for Human Rights Syed Mumtaz Alam Gilani in his address said the Pakistan condemns the human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and Palestinian territory. He said his ministry would chalk out a plan to ensure implementation of the human rights in the country. Information Minister Sherry Rehman also attended the function.

The Country Director of UNIFEM Alice congratulated the Pakistani nation for the conferment of UN Award on Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts towards human rights. Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on this occasion distributed awards and shields to the ten recipients about the human rights. The Prime Minister also inaugurated a poster exhibition portraying human rights.-SANA

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