Islamabad—National Children Committee (NCC) working under Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan has appointed exclusive Children Commissioners in all the four provinces and Islamabad Capital Territory aiming to protect children’s fundamental rights. The milestone decision was taken here at a meeting of NCC, chaired by former law minister S.M Zaffar and attended by Federal Ombudsman M. Salman Faruqui and others notables.
The meeting took the decision to appoint ten Children Commissioners including S.M Zafar, former minister Shaheen Attique-ur-Rehman, Speaker Baluchistan Assembly Raheela Hameed Durrani, former provincial minister Shama Parveen Magsi, former chairperson HEC Shehnaz Wazir Ali, Fata Grievance Commissioner Begum Jan, Advocate Supreme Court Zia Ahmed Awan, Professor Dr. Huma Baqai, Dr. Farzana Bari and Samar Minallah.
Addressing the meeting, chairman of the committee, S.M Zafar expressed pleasure over the appointment of children commissioners and hoped that it will bring a positive change in the society.
He maintained that children should be given right to education, health facilities, good environment and other basic rights at any cost as it is a pre-requisite in our Constitution. Federal Ombudsman M. Salman Faruqui in his address said that none can deny the significance of the role of children in any society and the appointment of children commissioners will be a landmark step by the National Children Committee (NCC).
He expressed the confidence that with the provision of fundamental rights to the children of Pakistan, the day is not far when these children will be playing a more pro-active role in the development of country. Faruqui was of the view that children themselves could not lodge complaints, thus their parents or guardians could file complaints before these commissioners.
The meeting took the decision of appointing of these child commissioners in order to acknowledge the state of children of Pakistan who are 50 per cent of our total population.