Islamabad to appoint human rights defenders

December 05, 2012 - 7:09:33 am



ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf gave a go-ahead yesterday to the ministry of human rights to appoint human rights defenders whose job would be to help poor victims.

A government official privy to a meeting between the prime minister and his Adviser on human rights, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, said it was just a proposal to which the prime minister had agreed and now the ministry would work on nitty-gritty of the move.

The basic idea to have human rights defenders in the country was to help those poor victims who could not afford to plead their cases in courts or seek other remedial measures against oppressors.

“The number of human rights defenders and their service structure will be worked out by the ministry in collaboration with other ministries,” the official said.

However, critics of the government say as elections were just a few months away, new positions are being created to accommodate pro-PPP voters.

This decision was taken by the prime minister during a presentation made by the ministry on its working and performance at the PM House this afternoon.       Internews