Civil society activists release pigeons in F-9 Park in Islamabad on Tuesday to mark the 71st anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and also inform the international community about the deplorable situation in India-held Kashmir. — Photo by Mohammad Asim
Civil society activists release pigeons in F-9 Park in Islamabad on Tuesday to mark the 71st anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and also inform the international community about the deplorable situation in India-held Kashmir. — Photo by Mohammad Asim

RAWALPINDI: Regional Police Officer Suhail Habeeb Tajik on Tuesday stressed the need for spending more on education, healthcare and young generation.

He was addressing as a chief guest at a function held at Grammar School Chaklala Scheme III to mark International Human Rights Day with focus on “Child Protection”.

Mr Tajik highlighted the importance of education and health with reference to achievements made by Muslims and other people in the world and said: “We have to spend more on young generation to get better place in the world.”

While highlighting the achievement of Muslim scientists, the chief guest said of the 900 noble prize winners, there were only three Muslims.

“Unfortunately, Pakistan is the second largest country in the world where 22 million children between 5 and 16 years of age are out of schools. And about 618 deaths of children are reported annually due to lack of healthcare, which is very alarming,” he said. Mr Tajik said today was a good day for the students of Grammar School’s senior branch as they participated in the annual International Human Rights Day as they shared interesting information and performed a demo regarding rights of animals.

An eye-catching performance was presented by students on a poem of “butterfly”.

The students of senior section also took part in the activities that drew attention of participants as well as of the chief guest

The executive director, Nasreen Iqbal welcomed the chief guest and others and highlighted the importance of Human Rights and importance of education.

In Attock, the World Human Rights Day was observed as black day to draw the attention of the international community towards human rights violations in India-held Kashmir.

Addressing a seminar, organised by the Attock district government, speakers said the Indian brutalities have entered 128th day but the international community had turned a blind eye to the situation.

Speaking on this occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner General Ansar Hayat said holding of such programmes was the need of the hour.

He said the district government had embarked on a mission to provide protection to the people’s rights and fulfill their basic needs.

He said the Human Rights Day was being observed as black day across the country to draw the attention of the international community towards the human rights situation in India-held Kashmir.

Assistant Commissioner Attock Jannat Hussain Nekokara, in her address, maintained that Islam had introduced the concept of rights to human beings on equal grounds.

“The Constitution enlists human rights on the lines of Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well,” she added.

She said in view of the growing repression against the Kashmiri people by Indian rulers, the responsibility of the international community had increased manifold to play its active and effective role in settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

Chief Executive Officer, Education Dr Javaid Iqbal said the Human Rights Day was observed every year on Dec 10, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

At the end of the seminar, an awareness walk was organised in which a number of people affiliated with civil society, human rights organisations and students of different institutions participated.

Published in Dawn, December 11th, 2019