Human rights day: PM Imran lays stress on resolving Kashmir issue

Premier says govt committed to creating an inclusive society as per Jinnah’s vision


News Desk December 11, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: PID

Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasised that in accordance with the Constitution, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is committed to safeguarding human rights of all citizens.

In his message on International Human Rights Day, the prime minister said, “We will continue in our endeavours by enacting additional legislation, strengthening institutional, judicial and policy measures, with a focus on implementation.”

He further said the PTI-led government levels high priority to advancing complementary objectives of development, human rights and democracy to create an inclusive society as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“As we commemorate this day, we must also recognise and demand full respect for the rights of people under continued illegal occupation. This day must also serve as a reminder for the realisation of one of the fundamental human rights — right to self-determination — of the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir,” said PM Imran.

He reiterated that on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “We must reaffirm our full diplomatic, political and moral support to the people of IOK in their just struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination.”

Meanwhile,  Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari in her message said there is need to  raise awareness and garner support for ending violence against women and girls, which is one of the most pervasive violations of basic human rights that still persists throughout the world.

“Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Pakistan was one of the earliest signatories to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948,” she said.

Mazari added her ministry is focused towards the protection of human rights and has drafted nine legislations relating to protection of children, rights of minorities, protection against torture, improving legal aid and access to justice and concluded three policies and research studies on crucial topics.

She also added a number of campaigns are ongoing to raise awareness on the impact of violence against women and girls as well as the laws and mechanisms in place to prevent and address it.

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