Saturday, November 30, 2013 -
Participants of a‘March to End Hunger’ event organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP)on Friday called upon the government to ensure accessto food for all, control prices of staple foods and initiate land reform. The walk started from the Punjab Assembly and concluded at the Lahore Press Club. The hundreds of participants included activists of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, South Asia Partnership (SAP) and members and activists of other human rights and worker’s organisations. Also joining the walk were labourers, students and concerned citizens. Brochures and other informative material were distributed among the participants, which explained food security, factors which affect it and the citizens’ demands. Similar such events were organised by other HRCP offices in Quetta, Multan and Hyderabad. At the conclusion of the walk, the participants held a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. The speakers included HRCP’s Secretary General I. A. Rehman, Miss HinaJillani, Mr Khurshid Ahmad, Mr Farooq Tariq and others. The speakers pointed out that rising inflation has made a balanced diet impossible for a majority of people. The major sources of protein, like meat and pulses, have become unaffordable.