…as annual report handed over to ParliamentThe Women and Gender Equality Commission (W&GEC) on Wednesday handed over its annual report to the National Assembly while calling for more sensitisation on the code of law on women’s rights as well as the speedy establishment of the Human Rights Commission.The call was made by W&GEC Chairperson Indranie Chandarpal as she highlighted a few of the recommendations from the annual report.“We have recommended that they produce a harmonised code of law on women’s rights and this should be one book that contains all the law protecting women but set out as a code and separate laws. The codes should be harmonised with international law obligations and with other national laws to ensure that there areW&GEC Chairperson Indranie Chandarpal hands over the seventh annual report to Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotlandno gaps in the protection afforded to women,” she added.The Chairperson explained that the codes should be simplified so persons from various walks of life can understand their rights.According to her, “Guyana should submit the report to the committee established to monitor compliance under the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination.”She added that the country should ratify the optional protocol of the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which will allow for individual petitions.In addition, Chandarpal stated, “We are hoping that the Human Rights Commission would be in place very shortly because all of us are aware that the Human Rights Commission has a role to play in all these Rights Commissions, that is the admin arm of these Commissions and because of the slothful nature in having the Commission in place, it is causing some difficulties in terms of getting things done in a very timely way.”Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland spoke of some of the difficulties faced in moving forward.“When we had passed the law that enabled the constitutional agencies to enjoy independence, in the financial area, I had said to all the heads of the agencies at that time that there would be some difficulties in moving from (point) A to B, but I did ask the heads of the agencies to let me know whether they are moving at all, given the new dispensation or if they are moving too slowly,” he asserted.According to him, so far, only one agency would have raised concerns with him in this regard.In handing the report over to the Speaker, Chandarpal said she hoped the recommendations made in the report will be acted upon after consideration.
London best pest control In a first, the country’s top military leadership, including the powerful army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, and newly-appointed head of the spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Gen. Faiz Hameed are also accompanying Khan to hold talks with the Trump administration on a variety of issues ranging from terrorism to Afghanistan.During his three-day visit, Khan will have a face-to-face meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.Bajwa will visit Pentagon to see newly-appointed chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to discuss the ongoing reconciliation process in war-struck Afghanistan.Khan’s visit follows a crackdown on several banned militant outfits, notably Jamaat ud Dawah (JuD) whose chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested on a terror financing charge — a move hailed by Trump.Apart from Saeed, the leaders of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation — a charity organization affiliated with the JuD — were booked for allegedly making assets through terror financing.Also, authorities have seized several religious seminaries and schools tied to these groups across Pakistan, a longtime demand of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) — a global terror financing watchdog, which has already threatened to balcklist Islamabad if it fails to act against terror financing.“He [Khan] is visiting the U.S in a different atmosphere. Things are not as bad as they were for his predecessors during the last one decade,” Tauseef Ahmad Khan, a Karachi-based political analyst, told Anadolu Agency.Citing the ongoing crackdown against militant groups, he opined that the country’s civilian and military leadership had finally decided to discard support to militancy, which was not the case previously.“For the first time, the country’s military and civilian leadership are on the same page with regard to action against militant groups regardless of the fact they are good or bad [for the state]. And Washington has noticed that.”“Unfortunately, this was not the case in the past as the previous government did not have the support of army establishment for a uniform action against these groups.”This, he added, would “certainly” help Khan while presenting his country’s case during talks on terrorism with the Trump administration.– AFGHANISTAN ON CARDSZafar Nawaz Jaspal, a professor of International Relations at Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, said that the focus of the talks would be mainly on Afghanistan, anti-militancy cooperation, and economic and trade relations. Kashmir and relations with India will also dominate the agenda.He too thinks that things will be “a bit different” this time “because the civilian and the military leadership are on the same page”.“I believe that this visit will reduce mistrust between the two sides caused by a series of events, mainly the difference of interests in Afghanistan,” Jaspal told Anadolu Agency.“Islamabad has two major things to sell; end of war in the region and cooperation against militancy,” he said referring to Pakistan’s crucial role in arranging direct talks between the U.S and the Taliban — aimed at ending an over 17-year long conflict in Afghanistan.“Pakistan has better chances to once again exploit its strategic position and influence with regard to resolution of the Afghan conflict,” he went on to say.– DO MORERetired Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, an Islamabad-based security analyst, however reckons that the Trump administration would continue to pressure Pakistan to safeguard the former’s interests in the region, mainly in Afghanistan.“I have the feeling that Washington would ask Islamabad to do more with regard to ongoing reconciliation process in Afghanistan despite the fact Pakistan has already brought Taliban to the table,” Masood told Anadolu Agency.“The U.S is not getting the desired results from Taliban so far, especially their refusal to a national government in Afghanistan. Therefore, it would want Pakistan to further exploit its so-called influence on Taliban in this regard,” he said.Besides, he added, the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was another bone of contention between Washington and Islamabad, which would certainly come under discussion during the visit.“Washington is certainly not happy with Beijing’s expanding wings in the region and on wards. It is also not happy with Pakistan’s huge tilt toward China, economically and militarily. Therefore, it will go all out to discourage Pakistan in this regard,” he said. Prime Minister Imran Khan left for his maiden visit to the United States on Saturday hoping to quench heightened diplomatic tensions between the two allies, mainly on Afghanistan.