Pakistan has committed to operationalise the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) in a dialogue on the role of national human rights institutions here on Tuesday.
Federal Minister for Human Rights Zahid Hamid assured the government’s support in this regard. He said that the government was committed to safeguarding the citizens’ rights, particularly that of women, children and minorities.
He further said terrorism has exposed multidimensional human rights challenges in Pakistan and the government is striving to root it out.
The dialogue was organised by NCHR with Asia Pacific Forum and Democracy Reporting International.
German Ambassador Ina Lepal said establishment of NCHR is a landmark development and demonstrates Pakistan’s commitment to comply with rights conventions.
Zulfiqar Shah, team leader DRI, emphasised the need for strong institutional mechanisms to ensure that citizens’ rights are not compromised.
Pip Dargan from Asia Pacific Forum, Chairman NCHR Ali Nawaz Chowhan, and Zafarullah Khan from the Centre for civic education also spoke at the event.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2016.