Islamabad: The Foreign Minister of Sweden, Mr. Carl Bildt called on the Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights, Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on 14th March at his office in Ministry of Human Rights. The two dignitaries shared their experiences and steps taken to improve human rights situation.
The Advisor apprised him about recent achievements and legislative initiatives of the present Government for addressing human rights issues like National Commission for Human Rights Bill, the Women in Distress and Detention Fund Bill, National Commission for Women Bill, and Prevention of Anti Women Practices Bill (Private Member Bill).
Soon National Commission for Human Rights and National Commission for Women would be put into place with wider financial and administrative autonomy. National Commission for Human Rights would act as a court and would be empowered to take suo motu notices. The Advisor briefed him about his initiatives to remove reservations from convections such as International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), Convention Against Torture (CAT), etc.
He stressed that such commitments were essential for creating a spirit of a good will for Pakistan in the World Community. He also indicated that many other conventions were to be soon ratified showing the commitment of the Government to human rights agenda. The Advisor also told him about long and sustained media awareness campaign which would be initiated under the title Is it really us? Three core issues like terrorism, violence against women and religious freedom had already been identified for the campaign.
The Foreign Minister of Sweden, Mr. Carl Bildt while appreciating the efforts and role of the Advisor for taking many initiatives also stressed the need to identify mutual areas of interest and cooperation for appeasing human rights situation in Pakistan.
He informed the Advisor that soon Ambassador of Human Rights would visit Pakistan to identify the areas of cooperation. He assured the Advisor that Sweden would continue to extend all possible support for improving human rights situation in Pakistan and expressed the resolve to work together for the cause of human rights in Pakistan.
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