We thank the Independent Expert for her report. As the world population continues to age, the human rights dimension of ageing becomes an ever-growing concern.
Pakistan took an active part in the preparatory process for the Madrid Plan of Action in April 2002.
Respect and care of the elderly is part of our socio-cultural ethos. The Constitution of Pakistan enjoins the state to promote social and economic well-being of all citizens without discrimination and to provide the basic necessities of life to those citizens, who are permanently or temporarily unable to earn their livelihood on account of infirmity, sickness or unemployment. In this context,
- A draft senior citizens bill is under consideration.
- In accordance with Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), older people are included in development plans i.e., Annual Plan 2014-15, Vision 2025 and Prospective Five Year Plan (2013-18). Our Planning Division is trying to mainstream older people in development processes including through consultations, participation in conferences and workshops.
- The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has enacted the Senior Citizens Act 2014. Similar legislations are also being enacted in other provinces.
- The Senate has also adopted a resolution to establish “Shelter houses for senior citizens” through legislation and creating awareness among masses.
- In addition to legislative and policy measures, the Government has provided facilities to Senior Citizens through various administrative initiatives including i) assistance through BISP; ii) establishment of the Great Home at Lahore Bait-ul-Mall for shelter of Senior citizens, iii) setting up of facilitation desks at Banks, Hospitals, Airports, and iv) also setting up of facilitation desk at National Council of Social Welfare Secretariat.
We would request the Independent Expert to elaborate upon some of the essential elements of the draft convention on the rights of older persons currently being prepared by OEWG on Aging?
I thank you.