HYDERABAD - Sindh Information and Labour Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah has the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has always stood for the human rights and the party’s provincial government has never sanctioned extrajudicial killings.

“It’s a wrong perception that Sindh government is trying to protect SSP Rao Anwar. If this was true than the government wouldn’t have formed a committee of most stringent and reputable police officers for inquiry of that incident,” the minister said here Thursday while addressing a seminar at Mumtaz Mirza Auditorium in Sindh Museum.

Shah said the committee besides conducting the inquiry had also recommended action after which Anwar, 3 Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASPs), 1 DSP and 11 Station House Officers (SHOs) had been transferred from Malir district. “The process of arrests has also started and an FIR was also lodged 2 days ago,” he added.

The minister clarified that the letter allowing Anwar to travel abroad which he produced while trying to depart to Dubai from Islamabad Airport was fake, adding that an inquiry in the matter was also underway.”The life of every innocent person is invaluable. An extra judicial killing can’t be allowed,” he emphasized.

Later while talking to the media, the minister demanded exemplary punishment to the culprit involved in the Kasur incident.”The punishment of hanging till death on which a moratorium has been passed requires a legal review and legislation. The need is also that the National Assembly and other forums should start a debate on the issue,” he suggested.

To another query the minister said the number of constituencies in Sindh in the next general elections would largely remain unchanged while some new elections rules formed by Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) would be applied.

The minister informed that purpose of arranging the seminar in collaboration with National Trade Union Federation (NTUF) was to inform the labours about the new law which provides them greater workplace safety. He said it also apprised the labours that what advantages they could get from that law.

The minister said that the Sindh Government had formed a complaint cell and a helpline where the labourers could lodge their complaint against their employer if the officials rules were being flouted. Shah noted that the media also had an important role to play in order to educate the labour force about their rights and how they could get justice for any contravention of the laws committed by their employer.

The minister informed that with regard to the child protection Sindh was the only province which had so far conducted sensitization training in 200 schools in Karachi in collaboration with 3 non-governmental organizations.”Serving the poor and labourers is part of the PPP’s manifesto,” he said. According to him, more than 5 million people in Sindh were working as the labour force for whom the provincial government was trying to upgrade the existing residential colonies, hospitals, dispensaries, schools and colleges. He added that children of the labours who excelled in the school and college education were being financially supported to complete the higher education.

The PPP’s leader and former Information Minister Moula Bux Chandio, Secretary Labour Abdul Rasheed Solangi and other officials as well as the representatives of NTUF also spoke on the occasion.