Salim AhmedTuesday, December 11, 2012 - Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that protection of basic human rights of the citizens is the prime responsibility of the state and those societies which trample human rights lose their existence. He said that respect for humanity is of vital importance in civilized societies and it is also key to their progress and development.
He said that there is no doubt that the setting up of a peaceful society is not possible without protection of human rights. He said that Islam has laid great stress human rights and the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) also gave the eternal message of protection of human rights to the entire humanity.
He said that Islam gives the lesson of upholding lofty values of social justice and peace and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in his last sermon had made it clear that no human being is superior to any other.
In his message on World Human Rights Day, the Chief Minister said that in the present state of chaos and indiscipline in the society, the importance of protection of human rights has increased manifold.
He said that lawlessness and anarchy is the outcome of usurping of basic rights while there is peace and tranquility in those societies where justice and basic rights of the citizens are ensured.
He said that human rights of citizens are being badly violated due to worst corruption and bad governance of the federal government and corruption of Rs.7 billion daily is a matter of serious concern for the entire nation.
In the existing circumstances, the Chief Minister said, it is the collective responsibility of every citizen to discharge his social and religious obligation of protection of all segments of the society especially minorities. He said that on the occasion of World Human Rights Day, there is a need to pledge that such values will be promoted which are essential for safeguarding human rights.
He said that it is a matter of satisfaction that Punjab government, through transparency and good governance, has taken practical measures for the protection of human rights. He said that necessary steps have been taken for the welfare of the citizens as well as minorities and protection of their fundamental rights.
He said that culture of loot and corruption in the development projects has been totally eliminated. He said that setting up of a society based on justice is the goal of the present government and all out efforts will be made in this direction.