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Published Date: May 8, 2014

State should provide constitutional rights to citizens: Experts

A High Level Experts Meeting on Human Security has recommended to take possible preventive
measures to counter radicalization in the country besides educating
people about state laws, constitutional rights and international human
rights. The meeting also emphasized that the state institutions should
be sensitized to provide constitutional rights to various ethnic groups,
minorities, labour,and workers.

The meeting organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute,
(SDPI) here on Wednesday at Marriot Hotel Islamabad, aimed to recap the
state of human security in Pakistan and to gather expert opinion on
human security research needs. Representative of Government of Pakistan,
UN agencies, human rights bodies, lawyers, academics, researchers, and
journalists also attended the meeting.

In his welcome remarks, Dr. Abid Qayium Suleri, the SDPI Executive
Director, said that being a think tank, SDPI’s major role is to engage
with the civil society, and policy-makers so as to facilitate them to
produce results that allow both people and governments to act
responsibly. "SDPI takes human security as a paradigm that serves as a
means to bring governance stability and allows preservation of people’s
well-being and rights regardless of difficult circumstances that may be
caused by man-made disasters or natural disasters", he stressed.

Ambassador Sahaqat Kakakhel, the Chairman Board of Governors, SDPI,
emphasized the importance of action based research and institutional
commitment to understand the issues facing the bottlenecks in the way of
peace and security. He said that human security has to be ensured
through greater collaboration between all stakeholders, including the
state – and the society. He observed that both state and society has to
work in collaboration with one and another in order to ensure progress
of Human Security in Pakistan

Dr. Maleeha Aslam, the Head of Gender and Human Security Division,
SDPI, emphasized the importance of achieving the overall security
objective through both state security and human security however, state
security concerns must not compromise human security that could prove to
be counterproductive. “UNDP’s definition of human security remain by
far the most authoritative and widely cited and along with it the
concept has been defined elaborately in academia, wider civil society,
and even by governments such as Japan, Canada and Norway” said Dr.

Rabia Khattak, the Deputy Country Representative, UNDP, opined that
radicalization is a pervasive and rampant issue in Pakistan. However,
weak governance, disruptive economic, socio-political structures and
lack of education has contributed a lot towards radicalization. That’s
why, radicalism or extremism has resulted in thousands of deaths due to
suicide attacks, sectarian violence and target killings in the past

Ehsan Mehmood Khan, Author of Human Security in Pakistan discussed
about his book based on three subsets – women, children and educational
security in the case of Pakistan. Talking about the personal security in
Pakistan he shared that 50k fatalities and 20k violent acts has
happened in Pakistan. Since 2003, 3200 people has been killed in around
400 drone attacks. He also shared the shocking digit of journalist
fatalities in Pakistan from 1994 – 2014 i.e. 78.

Among those present were Nisar Memon, Khawar Mumtaz, Dr. Masuma
Hasan, Zia Awan, Karamat Ali, Simi Raheal, Yasmeen Zaidi, Kausar Khan,
Zahid Hussain, Dr. Najma Najam, and Shafqat Munir.