UN committee appreciates Pakistan’s efforts to promote child rights: Zafarullah Khan

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Special Assistant to the Prime
Minister on Law, Barrister Zafarullah Khan has said that the UN Committee on Rights of Child has appreciated steps taken by Pakistan for advancing child rights.

Leading the Pakistan delegation to presentation of Pakistan’s
Periodic Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations in Geneva on May 25 26, he said the Committee has also appreciated the Government’s willingness to have an open and frank dialogue with the Committee on measures taken and the challenges faced, a message received here Thursday from Geneva said.

He underscored the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to implement its human rights obligations flowing from treaties to which it is party.

The SAPM stressed that the promotion of child rights and the
best interest of the child were a national priority and a moral imperative. He added that the vision of a democratic, progressive and peaceful Pakistan can be fully realized by assuring our children a bright future.

The delegation included Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Geneva, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Education, Health and Pakistan’s Mission to the UN Geneva.

Pakistan presented its fifth period report on the
implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the 18 member Committee of international child rights experts.

Zafarullah said the Pakistan Government was unequivocally
committed to the advancement of the rights of children. During the interactive dialogue with the Committee, he shared legislative, policy as well as administrative measures taken by Government to guarantee the realization of the rights of all Pakistani children.

He also elaborated measures undertaken by the Government to provide children, access to education, health and enabling environment and protect them from violence, abuse and harm.