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Prime Minister’s message on universal children’s day

Islamabad, November 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan joins the world community in celebrating the Universal Children’s Day today. The ratification of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1990 and its Optional Protocol on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in 2011 reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to implement these provisions in letter and spirit.

The government has already taken concrete measures to ensure children’s rights of survival, development, protection and participation in every activity as envisaged in the Pakistan’s Constitution.

The passage of Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act by Parliament is reflection of our resolve to promote Child Development Agenda through provision of free education. Likewise, Waseel-e-Taleem initiative launched under Benazir Income Support Programme will bring an addition of three million out of school children to schools.

Children are future of Pakistan and the government is committed to ensure their welfare. It is our national duty to protect the interests of children and provide them equal opportunities.

I call upon the civil society, NGOs, philanthropists, international development partners, media and corporate sector to come forward and play their effective role for protection of child rights.

I am glad to note that the Ministry of Human Rights is making all out efforts for protection and promotion of child rights.

I urge the Federal and Provincial governments to sincerely undertake legislative, administrative and social sector reforms to create an enabling environment for children. I also appreciate the UN agencies and non-government organizations for pursuing this important mission.

Let us pledge to work for protection of child rights in the country.

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Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
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