Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid says democracy guarantees peace and safeguards human rights.

He was talking to Swedish Parliament Speaker Per Westerberg, who called on him along with a parliamentary delegation in Islamabad.

He said Pakistan highly values its ties with Sweden as both the nations shared the common values of parliamentary democracy and pluralism. He said the government believes in women empowerment adding that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stressed on increased participation of women in all spheres of public life.

Pervaiz Rashid said women parliamentarians in Pakistan played a proactive role by participating in debates and giving valuable suggestions and proposals in the committees of the House. He said the parliament has also adopted many legislative measures to ensure gender equality and women rights in the country.

He said National Commission on the Status of Women is functioning issues related to violence against women are taken up accordingly. He said Pakistan is a democratic state, where free media and a vibrant civil society played their due role by raising public awareness regarding their inalienable rights.

He assured the delegation that the government will make every possible effort to safeguard the rights of minorities. Pervaiz Rashid emphasized the need for parliamentary exchanges between the two countries saying it will help promote bilateral ties between Sweden and Pakistan.

He said Pakistan would like to build a broad based, substantive and long term relationship with Sweden on the basis of mutual respect  and cooperation.

Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Per Westerberg said regular parliamentary exchanges will enhance bilateral relations.


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