KARACHI: University of Karachi’s (KU) Management Consultancy & Training Services and All Pakistan Security Agencies Association (APSAA) on Friday organised a seminar on ‘Know your Rights’ theme at KU Arts Auditorium.
Expressing his views at the seminar, KU Vice Chancellor Dr Ajmal Khan said that we may only become a developed nation by adopting the system composed of justice and fairness.
We must promote national interest keeping aside our personal difference and take major measures to eliminate sectarianism, terrorism, social injustice and discrimination from our society. We all are a part of this society.
Former Sindh inspector General police Niaz Siddiqui said on the occasion that the change is brought by a minority and a not majority, and then majority follows the minority.
If someone files a complaint against anyone, it’s the duty of the complainant to prove his allegations but unfortunately, in our system, enquiries are started once a complaint is received. You cannot forcefully take confessions from an accused.
“It is quite common to observe when someone is arrested, the next news comes that the accused has confessed many crimes, the question is in front of whom the accused has confessed those crimes, you have to prove a crime with pieces of evidence in a court of law. You can’t give more than one punishment for a single crime”, he added.
Human Rights Expert Fauzia Tariq while expressing her views thanked the support of KU VC and Director KU Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilisation (ISHU) Dr Bilquees Gul.
“A responsible citizen must be aware of his/her rights, they must protect their own rights and as well as others’. We must stand up for the weaker ones and humanity.
“The process of change starts from an individual and then spreads in the whole society. Laws against crimes such as domestic violence, honour killings, child marriage and sexual violence are now a part of our constitution and its punishments are also there,” she said.
While giving the example of incidents of Kasur and Sialkot, Fauzia added that we must create awareness of human rights and social media is a great tool in this regard to protect human rights.
CIA Director General Dr Amin Yousufzai said that we have the police law which was enforced in 1861 by the British government and even at that time, it was not considered in accordance with human rights. We inherited the same law of 1861 on our independence in 1947 and failed to change it till date, he added.
“We often heard complaints about police officials but the public must continue delivering their complaints to us and know their rights,” he further said.
APSAA Chairman Major (retd) Munir Ahmed said that private security guards are there to protect your rights and counter crimes. They do lack in some areas but we are trying to improve, he said.
A private security company is registered after a complete process, and our youth is our greatest asset which has a role to play in our prosperity.