Bilawal vows to continue fight for human rights

ISLAMABAD, Dec 9 (APP): Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the PPP’s commitment to safeguard the human rights remained unshaken and he would continue to fight vigorously despite facing hurdles.

The state, he said, should uphold the human rights of every citizen regardless of gender, creed, caste or ethnicity.

“Any dereliction of this duty by the state would be a deviation from the founding principles of the country and would be tantamount to a betrayal of the ethos of Pakistan,” he said in his message on the eve of the International Human Rights Day being celebrated on Tuesday (December 9).

Bilawal, who is also chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Human Rights, said human rights violations needed to be curbed with zero tolerance at all levels.

“Freedom of expression, freedom of religion and belief, women and children’s rights and protection of vulnerable segments has to be ensured for a peaceful and progressive society,” he added.

He said PPP leaders Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had led a struggle for the protection of the nation’s democratic and human rights, and laid down their lives for the cause.

“The war between the protectors and violators of human rights is still raging,” he said, vowing to carry the mantle and honour the legacy of his grandfather and mother.

He urged the world community to take notice of the grave violations of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir, where the Indian armed forces had caged the entire population for over four months.

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