LAHORE - Human Rights and Minority Affairs Minister Tahir Khalil Sindhu has disclosed that a summary to the government has been moved for establishing offices of Human Rights and Minority Affairs in 36 districts of Punjab.

Addressing an event on International Human Rights Day held at a local hotel on Wednesday, the provincial minister informed that these offices would be opened to control the situation of human rights violations at district levels, in order to avoid any brutal incident like that of Kot Radha Kishan. He also threw light on the initiatives which the provincial government had taken to protect and promote the rights of every one including religious minorities.

“A summary regarding grant of 20 marks to the students of religious minorities having religious education has also been moved,” Sindhu stated, adding that the government was bringing about 25,000 women in main stream departments and at decision making levels.

He also said that the government was committed to ensure five percent quota for religious minorities.

MPA Ramesh Singh Arora, while addressing the participants, said that the basic issue of Pakistan was poverty and it should be addressed to ensure protection and promotion of human rights .

Justice (retd) Nasira Javed Iqbal said that human rights could not be ensured merely through laws and positive behaviour and actions were also essential for the purpose.

Absar Abdual Ali threw light on how media could positively be used for promoting human rights in the society of Pakistan.

Provincial Chief Commissioner for Child Rights Nasreen Farooq told the participants how her office was endeavouring to ensure the rights of children in light of the international convention on the rights of children (CRC).

Earlier, Regional Director for Human Rights Lubna Mnsoor, in her welcome note, threw light on how the Regional Directorate of Human Rights (Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights) was implementing the agenda of human rights to protect and promote the rights of everyone during the whole year.

Among the other speakers were University Law College Acting Principal Dr Aman Ullah Malik and SAP-Pakistan National Program Coordinator Hameed Gondal who threw light on the importance of Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its effectiveness for establishing a balanced society in Pakistan.

Guests of the event included MPAs Nighat Sheikh and Farzana Butt, heads of civil society organisations, lawyers and notable academia.