KARACHI: This is response to M Ziauddin’s article titled ‘State of human rights in Pakistan’ published on July 29th. The writer has rightly highlighted the shortcomings in achieving a society where human rights are not violated. It is unfortunate that in Pakistan’s 70th year of independence, the country’s populace faces human rights violations, especially the ones that come from the marginalised segments of society.
In the wake of the political turmoil that Pakistan is constantly faced with, human rights violations are often ignored, with the federal and provincial governments being occupied with ‘blame game’ against each other, leaving the citizenry to fend for itself.
Every year, reports after reports and statistics after statistics are produced mentioning the failures of our rulers in tackling human rights issues but little is being done to avoid them. Articles like that of Mr Ziaudddin become just another paper tucked away in the pages of history in our country. In its 70th year of independence, Pakistan still needs the attention of policymakers on issues relating to human rights. How many more years and how many more lives will we put in danger before serious actions will be taken?
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2017.