Pakistan government gets a snub from the HRCP

Pakistan government gets a snub from the HRCP

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan government gets a snub from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

HRCP has expressed serious concern over the government’s decision to withdraw nomination of Dr Atif Mian for the Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

In a statement, the HRCP said: "There is overwhelming evidence to show that Dr Mian was eminently qualified to serve on the EAC and that his contribution to economic policy making in Pakistan

would have been immensely valuable.

The government’s decision to withdraw his nomination on the grounds that it might prove divisive – merely because he belongs to the Ahmadiyya community – contravenes Article 27(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan, which clearly states that ‘no citizen otherwise qualified for appointment in the service of Pakistan shall be discriminated against in respect of any such appointment on the ground only of race, religion, caste, sex, residence or place of birth.

"The HRCP welcomes the government’s desire, as expressed earlier, to promote inclusivity by carrying with it all social groups.