MESSAGE FROM MR. MAMNOON HUSSAIN PRESIDENT ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN (ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY – 10TH DECEMBER, 2016)

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Message from Mr. Mamnoon Hussain

President Islamic Republic of Pakistan

(On the occasion of International Human Rights Day – 10th December, 2016)

The observance of International Human Rights Day reflects deep commitment of Pakistan to promotion and protection of human rights at all levels. Indeed upholding human dignity, safeguarding human rights and ensuring human freedom and equality are fundamental principles of our religion.

The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees freedom to its citizens regardless of their caste, color or creed. The Government of Pakistan is adopting all possible measures to safeguard fundamental rights of every citizen of the State. Let us reiterate our pledge as conscientious and responsible society to contribute individually as well as collectively in putting an end to all challenges and factors that endanger and jeopardize basic rights of individuals. We need to augment efforts to protect vulnerable sections of the society and provide them with legislative, administrative, institutional and infrastructural support to enable them to lead a happy and healthy life.

It is a matter of great pleasure for me to note that the Action Plan for Human Rights approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in February, 2016 is being implemented in letter and spirit to further improve human rights situation in the country. I am pleased to urge all relevant stakeholders to accord top priority to implementation of the Action Plan in line with our national obligation, in this regard.

I call upon the Government, civil society, NGOs, media and the private institutions to fortify their efforts for establishing a just and tolerant society by ensuring respect for human rights and dignity. I take this opportunity to commend the UN for observing this day globally and also pay homage to all those who have suffered in the course of their struggle for human rights. I would also like to recognize and  appreciate all organizations and individuals who are working for the cause of human rights.

May Allah help us in our efforts to ensure protection and promotion of human rights in the country.  Ameen!

NOT TO BE PUBLISHED/TELECAST/BROADCAST BY PRINT/ELECTRONIC MEDIA BEFORE 10TH DECEMBER, 2016.

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