ISLAMABAD, Jan 29 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday reiterated that the government was firmly committed to protecting human rights and promotion of rights of minorities and marginalized sections of society.
He expressed these views while chairing a high level meeting on GSP-Plus (Generalized System of Preferences) status of Pakistan here.
The prime minister said ensuring and safeguarding human rights was major plank of Islam and also enshrined in the country’s Constitution.
Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari, Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi, Advisor to PM on Commerce Abdul Razaq Dawood, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan and senior officials attended the meeting.
The prime minister was briefed that legislation was underway to criminalize enforced disappearance and the process of introducing necessary amendments in Pakistan Penal Code would be completed soon.
The meeting was also briefed on progress made towards anti-torture, combating domestic violence and other human rights related issues.
Discussing the progress made towards addressing human rights issues, the prime minister directed that steps should be taken to ensure elimination of bonded labour from all parts of the country.
Moreover, he directed for immediate removal of all kinds of discriminatory sign-boards in Clubs – Islamabad Club, Gymkhana and other public places that restrict free movement of maids, `Aayas’ and domestic servants.
The prime minister also directed the Bureau of Statistics to conduct a countrywide survey on child labour and subsequently formulate a comprehensive strategy to extricate such children from poverty and take measures for their education.