Islamabad, May 20, 2014 (PPI-OT): Democracy not only guarantees peace but safeguard human rights also. Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for law, justice and human rights said this in a meeting with a Swedish Parliament speaker Per Westerberg who called on him along with a Parliamentary delegation today in Islamabad.
He said Pakistan highly values its ties with Sweden as both nations share the common values of parliamentary democracy and pluralism. He said that the government believes in women empowerment as Prime Minister of Pakistan has emphasized on the need of increased participation by women in all sphere of public life.
He told the delegation that women Parliamentarians in Pakistan play a pro active role by participating in debates and giving valuable suggestions and proposals in the committees of the House. The Parliament has also adopted many legislative measures to ensure gender equality and women rights in Pakistan, the minister said.
The national commission on the status of women is functioning and the issues related to violence against women are taken up accordingly, he told. He said that Pakistan is a democratic state where free media and vibrant civil society play its due role by cultivating public awareness regarding their inalienable rights and their duties towards the state.
The present democratic Government has signed various MOUs related to human rights with INGOs and we are fully cognizant of our obligations as a responsible member of international community, the Minister stressed. He assured the delegation that Government would make every effort to safeguard the rights of minorities as the constitution of Pakistan already guarantees its.
Senator Pervaiz Rashid emphasized on the need of parliamentary exchanges between both countries as it would help in promoting bilateral ties between Sweden and Pakistan. He also urged them to take advantage from the investment opportunities in Pakistan particularly in the field of energy and infrastructure.
He said that Pakistan would like to build a broad based, substantive and long term relationship with Sweden on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation. Per Westerberg, the speaker of the Swedish parliament agreed with the Minister on the need of regular parliamentary exchanges as it would enhance bilateral relations between both countries. He also wished that democracy may further flourish and take its deep roots in Pakistan.
The delegation was comprised of Mr. Gunnar Axen, chair of the committee on social insurance, Mr. Lars Johansson, member of the committee on transport and communication, Ms Wiwi-Anne Johansson, member of the committee on social insurance, Ms Karin Nilsson, member of the committee on Taxation, Ms Kathrin flossing, secretary General and Ms Sarah Everas Sidibe, press secretary to speaker. Barrister, Zafar ullah khan, secretary law, justice and human rights was also present in the meeting.
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