Rabbani quits HR portfolio
By Amir Wasim
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Mian Raza Rabbani has quit the charge of human rights, informed sources told Dawn on Friday.
The move came a day after the release of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) report describing 2010 as a bad year for the state of human rights in the country.
Presenting the report, HRCP chairman Dr Mehdi Hasan had blamed government functionaries, including police personnel, for most of rights violations.
An official source said that Mr Rabbani, who was holding the additional charge of human rights, would continue to serve as Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination.
Mr Rabbani has informed Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that he had decided to quit the charge of human rights.
Mr Rabbani had in March 2009 resigned from the cabinet and also as the Leader of the House in Senate in protest against the elevation of Farooq H. Naek as Senate Chairman.
But he was included in the 22-member cabinet formed after a major downsizing earlier this year.
He is also chairman of the parliamentary commission on implementation of 18th Amendment currently facing a stiff opposition from various sectors on the proposed devolution of the Higher Education Commission to the provinces.
Mr Rabbani could not be contacted for his comments despite repeated attempt made by the reporter.