ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has urged the world community to pay special attention towards protecting children and women from the havoc of wars and conflicts.
Addressing an event regarding the World Children Day in Islamabad on Saturday, he warned children and women will suffer, if the humanitarian aid does not reach Afghanistan.
The President also voiced his concerns over the plight of children in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.
On the domestic front, the President emphasized the need for making differently-abled children functional members of the society.
He pointed out that the present government has started a special program for two million disabled people under which each person will be provided monthly assistance of two thousand rupees.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said Pakistan is strongly committed to defend children’s rights and to ensure that they are safe and protected against abuse.
She said the government will continue to take measures to ensure that our children can live in a safe and enabling environment.
The Minister said Pakistan has made legislation regarding the protection of children’s rights like the Zainab Alert Bill.
Shireen Mazari said the government’s work and partnerships at every level will help us deliver a better world in which every child can realize their dreams and live a safe, carefree life.
She said tonight, 30 buildings across Pakistan are being turned blue as the country celebrates World Children’s Day to raise awareness on the need to help millions of them realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Speaking on the occasion, UNICEF Representative Aida Girma said World Children’s Day marks the adoption of the Convention on 20 November 1989 and Pakistan was the first country, which ratified the Convention.
She said every child has the right to be protected from harm, exploitation and abuse.