Sohail Majeed Butt
bA ceremony to renew promises on the rights of children. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser Congratulations to Convener Riaz Fatiana of the National Parliamentary Task Force and Chairperson of the SDGs Special Group for Child Rights, Ms. Mehnaz Akbar, for the successful event of the Speaker’s ceremony. Speaking on the occasion Chairperson Special Group on Child Rights of National Parliamentary Task Force on SDGs Mehnaz Akbar Aziz said year 2020 was dedicated as “Child-Friendly 2020” at the National Assembly to mark the 30 years of government of Pakistan’s ratification of UN Child Rights Convention (CRC1990). Country Representative UNICEF Aida Girma said that 30 years, world leaders made a historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting CRC on November 20, 1989.
The international agreement was the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, which created a set of universal, inalienable, indivisible, interdependent and justifiable rights for all children, she said. She said Pakistan was the 6th country of the world which ratified the convention in 1990. Tremendous progress had been made since then, despite many challenges faced by the country. She said to commemorate the 30th anniversary; UNICEF Pakistan technically supported the Parliamentary Special Committee on the Rights of the Child to undertake systemic review of the child rights legislation at national and provincial levels. Convener National Parliamentary Task Force Riaz Fatyana also spoke on the occasion. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser says Parliament is very sensitive about protecting rights of children as they are our future. Addressing an event on “Reviving Commitments on Child Rights” here on Tuesday, he asked all concerned ministries to review existing rules and propose further legislation. He suggested that all existing laws regarding child protection should be clumped as there are 29 different laws in the country. All relevant ministries review the rules and propose legislation, The name of Pakistan should be the highest in the rights of children. Prime Minister Imran Khan has spoken of the state of Medina.
In Madinah state, the lives of children were first protected and Quran condemned the killing of girls and depriving them of their lives. As a Muslim country, our name should be at the forefront of protecting the rights of children.
Ministries Law Review the current laws on children, I suggest combining all the rules and regulations regarding children. Further laws on the protection of children need to be legislated he said. Parliament is very sensitive about protecting the rights of children. Children are our future and heirs. He said children were the key to Pakistan’s future prosperity and its future depended on the realization of child rights, including their rights to survival, development, protection and participation.
Recalling Pakistan Threek-e-Insaf led provincial government performance in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Asad Qaisar said that record fund was allocated for the uplift of education sector in the province during the last five years. New education institutions were established across the province particularly in far-flung areas, he added. Missing facilities were provided in the education institutions, he added. He urged the task force to sign Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with all provincial governments for effective legislative on child rights to protect their future.
Sohail Majeed Butt