Peace linked to rights protection, end to corruption

GUJRAT-Peace in the society depends on the governments’ fulfilling their main responsibility which is none other than protecting human rights, said Justice (r) Dr Nasira Javed Iqbal.
“Any act of usurpation is violation of human rights. Islam lays great emphasis on securing rights of people whatever race, religion or creed they belong to,” Dr Nasira said in her address at a symposium titled “Current Scenario of Human Rights in Pakistan” here at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the University of Gujrat.
It was organised by Hayatian Legal Forum of UoG School of Law Society.
She singled out “rampant corruption or lack of integrity by people” in almost every segment of society as the root cause of flagrant disregard of human rights. She said, “All the people in a democratic system of government enjoy freedom of intellect and expression in addition to equal opportunities with regard to basic necessities – food, clothing, shelter, etc. The great poet philosopher Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal as well as the founding father of the nation, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, wanted a public welfare state with equal opportunities for its citizens to forge ahead.”
Renowned religious scholar Allama Zahidul Rashidi, Deans Dr Fareeshullah and Dr Muhammad Faheem Malik, Director Media Sheikh Abdul Rashid and Director SSC Muhammad Yaqoob were among the guests of honour.
Allama Zahidul Rashidi said that disagreements between various schools of thought due to different cultures, traditions and societal norms called for the urgent need to promote the culture of dialogue among the world nations. He said concerned efforts were needed to sort out intellectual and civilizational differences in the society.
Dr Fareeshullah Yousufzai highlighted the significance of awareness campaigns and termed any human rights violation as a grave offence.
Sheikh Rashid said, “Our penchant for sacrifice and sharing others’ burden is the acme of human love and passion. Human rights are what constitute the comprehensive Islamic code of life.” He also underlined the significance of intellectual freedom for human rights protection.
Coordinator Hayatian Legal Forum Shazia Kyani thanked the guests and participants for attending the symposium.

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