World’s conscience over Gaza killings questionable: President

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that world’s conscience over the bloodshed by Israel in Gaza and unabated human rights abuses in Kashmir was questionable and the world was committing the biggest mistake by not treating all humans equally.

Addressing an event on Friday held in connection with International Human Rights Day, the president said the way the innocent children and people were being killed in Gaza would have a long-lasting impact on peace as it would be difficult for the sufferers to forget such brutalities. First Lady Samina Alvi, diplomats from various countries and representatives of International NGOs attended the event. Dr. Arif Alvi said that being a developing country, Pakistan was evolving regarding human rights but humanity still awaited the powerful nations to respect the human rights being violated in Palestine and Kashmir where thousands of people had been killed with a significant ratio of women and children.

He called for a world order with no room for wars and humanitarianism should override vested interests. Instead of promoting the narrative of civilized wars, the United Nations should pursue the goal of no wars in the world, he added. The president said humanitarianism could not get strength in world affairs compared to the vested interests that led to the wars based on the self-serving justifications of the powerful nations.

He said that Pakistan was a well-legislated country vis-a-vis human rights backed by the constitution and human rights declaration and emphasised the will to ensure legal justice, financial equality, empowerment, and mainstreaming of women as well as the differently-abled people. Dr Alvi appreciated the role of Human Rights Minister Khalil George, Chairperson of the National Commission for Human Rights Rabia Javeria Agha and said Pakistan’s institutions had made remarkable progress regarding legislation and the attitudinal changes towards human rights.

He told the gathering that in case of any human rights violation, Pakistan’s state and judicial system took prompt action against those responsible for human rights violation and the people also discouraged such acts. The president said the world had witnessed immense development but it remained unable to address the economic disparity. He told the gathering that no religion allowed discrimination on the basis of class, creed and color but it was yet a challenge faced by the world. Caretaker Federal Minister for Human Rights Khalil George said that Pakistan was playing an effective role promotion of human rights and peace.