SM Zafar for changes in Constitution with consensus, HRSP gives four HR Awards
By Adnan Rashid
LAHORE: President Human Rights Society of Pakistan (HRSP) S M Zafar favoured the constitutional amendments through constitutional committee representing all the parties.
Addressing the media at the 29th award ceremony of the Human Rights Society of Pakistan here at a local hotel, he said, “Power corrupts, absolute power coorrupts absolutely,” he said.
He stated that it was decided in the constitutional committee that transfer of power to the units of federation was better for the federation rather than the federalism. “Now access to information is available to everyone for investigative reporting and research”, he said. S M Zafar said that it would be the responsibility of the government to provide basic education to every child aged from 5 to 14 in the country.
PML-Q Secretary Information Syed Mushahid Hussain said the incumbent government had not accomplished any promise. He asked the government to honour at least one promise through the constitutional package by abolishing 17th Amendment.
He said the government should represent pure Pakistani point of view on the war against terror in the forthcoming Pak-US dialogue. He said the role of Pakistan in the recent situation of the region had become very important. “Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Pakistan after which Iranian President Ahmadinejad visited Afghanistan and now President Hamid Karzai will visit China soon. Therefore Pakistani government should establish the public view in front of the US.” He said the Pakistani leadership should play its cards with responsibility and its role was very important in the recent scenario.
Mushahid said it was America’s responsibility to resolve the Afghan issue. He urged the Obama administration to provide opportunities to the educated people of the Fata by facilitating them in getting employment in foreign countries. “If former president Pervez Musharraf wants to establish a political party in the country, he should come to the homeland first,” he added.
Secretary General HRSP A.M Shakoori in his welcome address said that low literacy rate, social customs, feudalism, caste system, religious conservativeness and terrorism were directly proportional to exploitation of the human rights. He said that HRSP was the only organization, which was functioning without foreign funding. The HRSP has awarded its 29th Human Rights Award 2009 to Mir Khalilur Rehman Memorial Society (MKRMS) for highlighting social issues directly relating to the society and population.
The other award was given to Ajoka Theatre for the creative and artistic contributions in the field of theater. Yousaf Salah-ud-Din gave the award to Madiha Gohar of Ajoka Theatre. Founder of Fountain House, late Dr Muhammad Rasheed Chaudhary was also given the award for his contribution for the society, which was received by his son Dr Haroon-ur-Rasheed. Another award was given to Prof Furkhanda Aurangzeb from Balochistan.
Source: The News