ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said on Tuesday that some parties were jeopardizing national interests for the sake of some political gains.
Talking to media persons after addressing a seminar organized by Ministry of Law,Justice and Human Rights here he said that sit-ins being staged by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to block NATO supplies were part of the plan to win some seats in the coming Local Government elections.
“All this being done to win a few seats in LG elections.Politics being done on this issue otherwise one dinner changes a drone into a darling”,said the minister.
NATO supplies,he said, were being done through international agreements and those who were blocking the same would be responsible for the consequences.
TO a question he said that the masses should think who were working for the national interests and who doing politics on nation interests.
Answering a question he said that the present government has come to power through popular vote and was striving for recovery of missing persons.He said that the person who violated the Constitution and toppled the elected government was given guard of honour.
He said no one will be allowed to violate the constitution which has guaranteed rights of women, children and minorities. He said Pakistan is honouring all international conventions on human rights.Pervaiz Rashid rejected rumours in media about reshuffling in the federal cabinet.
Paying glowing tributes to the outgoing Chief Justice of Supreme, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry he said that Chief Justice of Pakistan was be giving a befitting farewell.
Earlier while addressing the seminar,Pervaiz Rashid who also holds portfolio of Ministry of Law,Justice and Human Rights said that the Constitution of Pakistan guarantees Fundamental Rights to its citizens. The rights of the people enshrined in the Constitution have always been upheld by the Government,he said adding “We have always had a strong desire to govern the motherland democratically which guarantees the protection of Fundamental Rights.”
“We are fully cognizant of our international commitments related to human rights and Pakistan has already ratified seven out of nine core Human Rights Conventions.”
He said the Government was making all out efforts for implementation of these instruments in true letter and spirit. Pakistan has made progressive legislation for the protection of the rights of our citizens,he added.In this regard, the major achievements include the National Commission on the Status of Women Act, 2012, and the National Commission for Human Rights Act, 2012,he said.
The National Commission on the Status of Women has been established while we are in the process of establishing the National Commission on Human Rights,he added.
Education up to secondary level has been made fundamental right through Article 25-A in the Constitution. Legislation for implementation of this Constitutional provision has been made at ICT level. I, therefore, urge the provinces to make similar legislation in their respective jurisdiction,said the minister.
The minister said that minorities are an integral part of Pakistani society and have played an important role in the development, peace and prosperity of the country. The Constitution guarantees the rights of minorities to freely profess their religion and visit their places of worship.
“The Government is in the process to promulgate personal laws of minorities in consultation with the relevant communities. These include Christian Marriage Bill, Christian Divorce Bill, Hindu Marriage Bill and Hindu Divorce Bill”,he said.
The present Government was committed to fulfill all the promises which we have mentioned in our manifesto,he said adding the Prime Minister had already launched the “Prime Minister’s Programme for youth” which has broadened the canvas of schemes enabling youth and poor segments of population to get good opportunities of employment, economic empowerment, acquiring skills needed for gainful employment, spreading use of computers and imparting on-the-job training for young graduates to improve the probability of getting a productive job.
Similarly, we are trying our best to provide an enabling environment for protection of rights of all vulnerable segments of society,he said.
He said that the government was setting up Human Rights’ Defenders system in the country with the aim to ensure protection of citizens of Pakistan at grass roots level.
“Promotion of Human Rights education is vital towards their protection, therefore, today, I urge the national and provincial authorities to make human rights education an integral part of the curriculum for education and training at all levels.”
Secretary Law,Justice and Human Rights the present government was taking practical steps for protection of human rights especially children,women and minorities.In this connection he said legislation would be done and several bills were in the pipeline.He said that after the 18th amendment,the federation responsibility for coordination with provinces on matters like human rights has increased.
He said that there was need to change the mindset of the people on human rights and the present government was taking steps in this regard.
Chairperson National Commission on the Status for Women Khawar Mumtaz, Unifem representative Sangeeta Thapa,Country Representative UNICEF Dan Rohrmann also addressed on the occasion.