THATTA: In an online session held under the aegis of Speak Out Openly a Human Rights organization being run by law students, Advocate Shabir Ahmed Kumbhar the guest speaker said that people needed to know about the fundamental rights encapsulated in the Constitution of Pakistan. He said that our society had changed now and it was mandatory in these changing times that people of Pakistan must know about their due rights.
The Constitution guaranteed freedom of expression, religion, and movement but the state has somehow failed to impose these rights; he said.
Talking about the criminal justice system he said that the accused arrested for committing any crime were subjected to incessant torture in police custody and incidents of custodial deaths across the country show that how the constitution was being violated in this regard.
Article 19 A gave the right to education but the declining ratio of literacy had left a question mark on the policies of the state; he said. He said that the constitution was the backbone of our country and it was the duty of the state to ensure its implementation.
He said that in Sindh there was no law present regarding pre-emption however other provinces had this law that prevented the illegal occupation of lands by non-natives. Knowledge of rights would curb usurpation of rights; He urged. For keeping Pakistan well on the path of progress, the state machinery must ensure implementation of Fundamental rights; he said.
Founder of the organization Asifa Abdul Rasool who is pursuing her law degree from Karachi University said that Speak Out Openly aimed at creating awareness regarding the fundamental rights, child rights, and the rights of women adding that her small initiative was hope for subjugated masses. She said that being the citizens of this country it was our responsibility to work collectively for its progress and opulence.