The former Justice of Lahore High Court, Muhammad Qasim Khan, inaugurated the Center for Studies of Human Rights at the University of Okara. He also addressed to a seminar, organized by the School of Law. The other guest speakers of the event included Prof Dr Muhammad Saleem Mazhar, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of the Punjab, and Hafeeez Chaudary, member Pakistan Bar Council.
The seminar was presided by the UO’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Dr Muhammad Zakria Zahar, who, in his welcome note, highlighted the objective of the event as saying, “Universities stand for community of scholars who bring novel ideas. The purpose of this seminar is to expand our horizons of thoughts and build narratives of law and human rights.”
Justice (R) Qasim Khan talked about Pakistan’s justice system by highlighting certain constitutional articles and sections that deal with human rights. He said, “Natural and natural laws do not deviate from the principles of justice in any situation and same should be implied on human life.”
He urged the faculty members to mentor their students in a way that they uphold the values of justice, honesty and fair play. He motivated the students in inculcate among themselves the traits like creativity, compassion, passion and determination.
Discussing the significance of human rights in human life, Prof Mazhar stated that research and education of human rights was paramount for the socio-economic development of nations. Moreover, talking about the university-industry relations, he told, “We must convert our knowledge into resources and for this purpose, there should be a strong link between academic community and industry professionals.”
The law faculty including Dr Hamid Mukhtar, Kashif Mehmood Saqib, Abdul Rasheed, Sohail Asghar, Faisal Shafi and Faiq Butt also expressed their views.