Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said that the Kashmir issue is not only a threat to peace and prosperity of South Asia but also to the entire world. Peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri people is imperative for the peace and development of the region. According to the message received from Geneva (Switzerland), Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said this while addressing the 135th General Assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union Assembly.
The Speaker said that gross violations of Human Rights are occurring in every part of the world. Ominously, situations of human rights violations are spiraling into outright conflict within and between countries, he added. He said that this is the responsibility of parliamentarians around the World to ensure that the cycle of human rights violations and conflicts is broken. Sardar Ayaz Sadiq urged that we need to ensure delivery of the fundamental rights of people, as enshrined in every democratic country's constitution. If parliaments fail in this primary task then outright violations of rights are inevitable and conflicts become unavoidable, he said. He said that he Parliament of Pakistan is actively engaged in further strengthening the human rights of women in our country. The creation of an independent National Commission on the Status of Women and a National Commission on Human Rights through Acts of Parliament are major achievements in Pakistan, the Speaker said. He informed that over past ten years, the parliament has enacted around two dozen Bills, to safeguard the rights of women and children. He further said that the presence of all-parties Women's Parliamentary Caucus, consisting of 87 women parliamentarians, has ensured a balanced gender perspective in the legislative work of the parliament.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said that Pakistan has ratified seven core international human right treaties at the international level. We are also fully engaged in various human rights fora in developing, monitoring and implementing international human rights norms. This reflects Pakistan's commitment to international human rights standards he said.
While addressing the Assembly, the Speaker said that the Peace cannot prevail without addressing the discrimination and violence too often unleashed against people demanding their just and natural rights. In our part of the world, peace is imperiled by the violence unleashed against the people of Indian Occupied State of Jammu and Kashmir. The people of Occupied Kashmir have been under general curfew he said.
The Speaker paid tribute to the continuous efforts of the brave Hurriyat leaders and their families and particularly mentioned Mr. Yasin Malik for his persistent freedom struggle for Kashmir. He added that heart wrenching accounts of the plight of innocent Kashmiri women and children in the face of vicious brutality inflicted on them by Indian security forces has left us speechless. He said that such barbaric acts perpetrated on innocent Kashmiris by Indian armed forces surmount to breech of all local and international human rights doctrines.
Source: Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage