Minister: (Govt taking steps to ensure protection of human rights: Mazari)

ISLAMABAD:Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen M Mazari has said that the incumbent government is taking pragmatic steps to ensure the protection and provision of human rights.

Talking to Head of Delegation International Committee of the Red Cross in Pakistan, Mr Reto Stocker here on Monday, she said we are focused on the implementation of existing laws and also paying attention to devise new legislation. She shared that we are also building up human rights related data base.

On this occasion, various issues related to human rights were also discussed including the issue of the Pakistani prisoners abroad and protection of their rights.

She also raised the issue of Shakirullah, a Pakistani prisoner who was tortured and killed under state patronage in Indian jail. She said India has failed to protect right to life of Pakistani prisoner.

Dr Mazari also drew attention of stoker towards the sufferings of the Pakistani prisoners in the jails of foreign countries despite completing their sentences. She stressed on the need to resolve the issues of Pakistani prisoners abroad.

The ICRC Head of Delegation appreciated the endeavors of incumbent government especially the Ministry of Human Rights for the protection and promotion of human rights and assured his full support and cooperation in the cause and protection of human rights.