NOT TO BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, TELECAST BEFORE THE MORNING OF DAY 20 NOVEMBER 2016. PR. 175 Message from Mr. Mamnoon Hussain President Islamic Republic of Pakistan (On the occasion of Universal Children’s Day 20 November 2016) Islamabad: November 19, 2016

As Pakistan stands amongst the International Community to celebrate Universal Children’s Day on 20th November, we re-affirm our commitment and determination to safeguard the rights of our children. As a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Pakistan remains in the forefront to advocate, protect and promote child rights. For this, the Government has undertaken all necessary measures to ensure better livelihood, education, healthcare and protection of children.


Islam enjoins upon us the sacred task of care, protection and development of our children. Pursuant to our religious and international obligations, the Government is fully cognizant of the need for protection and development of children, who are our greatest asset. As an Islamic Republic, we are obligated to promote best interests of children and provide them with access to development opportunities without any discrimination. Let us re-affirm our commitments to provide our children with a conducive environment in helping them become useful citizens of this country as well as productive members of the global village. Our resolve towards child welfare continues to reflect in our state policies.


I take this opportunity to emphasize that the protection of child rights and ensuring equal opportunities to them requires a strong and robust partnership between public and private agencies. I, therefore, call upon the parents, teachers, members of civil society, NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, international development partners, media and corporate houses to play their constructive role towards promotion and protection of the rights of children.


I would like to appreciate the efforts of Ministry of Human Rights for promulgating the Criminal Law (Second Amendment) Act, 2016, which explicitly provides for stringent and deterrent punishment for offences against children including exposure to seduction, child pornography, sexual abuse and human trafficking.


I also appreciate Non-Government Organizations for advocating and highlighting the child rights as well as related issues. I hope that they will continue to pursue this important mission with the same zeal and spirit.

May Allah bless us in this noble cause- Ameen.