PESHAWAR: Hailing the UN decision to observe Malala Day on November 10, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the government and the people of Pakistan to rise up to the challenge the distinction presents them with.
“The people of Pakistan have a reason to take pride in the fact that the world will be joining them to pay tribute to Malala but the distinction itself brings a lot of challenges for Pakistan,” the HRCP said in a statement. “Pakistan’s task in this is to ensure that all the children in the country, especially girls, are imparted with education,” it added.
The HRCP said that the real demand was to redouble efforts and draw up plans to implement Article 25 a under which every child has the right to free education.
“Today, Pakistan has to take a vow that it will make every effort, and bear every sacrifice, necessary to ensure that each of its girls will be enabled to share Malala’s dream and conviction and escape the pain and suffering that have fallen to her lot,” it said.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2012.
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