Karachi: Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, on Tuesday signed a pledge of his party, calling for no compromise on people’s rights of liberty, equality, non-discrimination, assembly and speech.
Addressing the ceremony of adoption and signing of a human rights pledge by PPP Human Rights Cell at Chief Minister House to mark the International Human Rights Day, Bilawal vowed to repeal all laws in the constitution which were discriminatory against religious minorities of the country.
Bilawal directed PPP Sindh President and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali to form a ministry at provincial level that could be helpful in safeguarding human rights. He said that there were laws present against hate speech and violence on the basis of religion or sect but the provincial government should ensure implementation of those laws.
The PPP leader also read out the 18-point pledge which highlights PPP’s intention to make Pakistan a place where all citizens have equal opportunity to succeed, where access to quality, education and healthcare is available to all; where discrimination based on race, religion, gender, class, caste and creed is not practised, no one is killed and injured or kidnapped.
“The pledge also characterized PPP’s Pakistan, where strongest and weakest have the same access to justice, quality, education and affordable healthcare, where the poorest and the richest will have the same right to prosper, where privatization of common interest will not become personalization of wealth, where nature’s bounty shall be distributed to each according to his merit and others.”
Addressing the ceremony, Sindh chief minister said that PPP leaders had always made struggle for the poor people of the country. “Bhutto termed PPP as the party of poor.
He said that Benazir Bhutto made hectic struggle for the welfare of people in the country but was martyred. “BB’s martyrdom caused chaos in the country but at that time PPP’s Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari raised the slogan of long live Pakistan in order to safeguard the country and interests of the common man.”
He said that Zardari introduced new dimension to the politics with his reconciliation policy in which no action was taken against political rivals and they were taken into confidence on every issue. He hoped that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would continue to follow steps of his forefathers.
Speaking on the occasion, Coordinator PPP Human Rights Cell and Member of National Assembly, Nafisa Shah, said that PPP had empowered people in the country and presence of Fundamental Rights Act in 1973 Constitution was a proof that PPP had always worked for welfare of humanity without any discrimination. “Human Rights Cell was the vision of PPP’s martyred leader Benazir Bhutto and now her son will supervise the matters of the cell.”
Other people, including PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider and members of human rights cell also addressed the ceremony. Several PPP leaders, including Minister for Social Welfare Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani, Coordinator to CM on Human Rights Nadia Gabol, Coordinator to CM on Culture Sharmila Farooqui, PPP Karachi Division President Qadir Patel and others were also present at the ceremony.