Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar
P R O F I L E
GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN, MR. MUMTAZ AHMAD TARAR, FEDERAL MINISTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, ISLAMABAD (MNA, NA-108 CUM DISTRICT MANDI BAHAUDDIN
Education:1. Diploma in ‘Human Rights and Humanitarian law” from American University, Washington College of Law, International Legal Studies Program, U.S.A, as well as from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, Institute of Human Right (SIM).
2. Certificates of Completion in “Great Decisions” and in “Economics” from Henry George School of Social Sciences, the University of the State of New York, U.S.A.
3. Bachelor of Law from Punjab University Law College, Lahore, Pakistan.
4. Advocate High Courts having 14 years’ experience of law practice as a lawyer in Pakistan.
Important Positions Held:
1. Consultant to The Hague Appeal For Peace, an international Peace organization, New York, U.S.A. (2000-2002).
2. Chairman Human Rights Council of Pakistan (1992-1996 and 1998).
3. Chairman Peace Council of Pakistan (2002-2008).
4. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan with the Status of Minister of State (1999).
5. Chairman Markazi Khidmat Council of Pakistan, with the Status of Minister of State (1998-1999). (An institution established to provide prompt relief and justice to the common man at grass roots level through 428 committees at Divisional, District and Sub-Division level consisting of more than 5000 volunteers).
6. Chairman Federal Ehtesab (Accountability) Council, Government of Pakistan (1997).
7. Elected member of National Assembly (Parliament) of Pakistan in 1985, 1988, 1997, 2015.
8. Secretary General Parliamentary Opposition in National Assembly (Parliament) of Pakistan (1987-1988).
9. Vice President Pakistan-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group, Pakistan (1988-1990).
10. Selected member Majlis-e- Shoora (Federal Council) of Pakistan (1981-1984).
11. General Secretary Bar Association, Mandi Bahauddin (1971).
12. Member Executive Committee, Lahore High Court Bar Association (2009).
1. Pakistan’s Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly session in New York in 1985.
2. Pakistan’s Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly session in New York in 1989.
3. Head of the Delegation of Human Rights Council of Pakistan to the United Nations DPI/NGO conference in New York in August 2000.
4. Member of Pakistan’s delegation to “South Asia Meeting of Parliamentarians on Population and Development” held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 6 to 7 August 1999, organized by Sri Lanka forum of Parliamentarians on population and development in collaboration with the Asia Forum on Parliamentarians and the UNFPA.
5. Head of the Delegation of Human Rights Council of Pakistan to the International Colloquium on “Media in Conflict Situation” sponsored by the International Institute of non-aligned studies in new Delhi, India in January 1996.
6. Head of the Delegation to the International Conference on HIV-AIDS in Cebu city, Philippines in May 1993 sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
7. Member of Parliamentary Delegation headed by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan to U.S.S.R. in March 1990.
8. Head of the Delegation of Human Rights Council of Pakistan to Europe and U.S.A. meeting International Human Rights Organization (1994).
9. Participated in “Building World Peace International Conference” in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada sponsored by John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights (October, 2006).
10. Participated in South India and South East Asia Regional Conference on the role of Parliamentarians in the Promotion and Protection of human rights at Colombo, Sri Lanka (1-3 Feb, 2016).
11. Participated in 2nd ASEM conference on Global Ageing and human rights of older Persons, in Seoul, DPR Korea (17-23 Sep, 2017).
12. Participated in IPU Assembly and related meeting in Geneva, Switzerland (23-27 Oct, 2016).
1. Has been continuously struggling for the cause of human rights and democracy within, as well as outside the Parliament (1985-1989).
2. The first member of the National Assembly (1985) who moved privilege motion on the very first day of its first business session, against the continuation of Martial laws in the Country, consequently the then Prime Minister Mr. Junejo had to announce the date of lifting martial Law.
3. The only member of National Assembly who moved privilege motion against the Constitutional amendments made by the military ruler curtailing the powers of the Parliament (1985).
4. Did not vote for the Constitutional 8thAmendment Bill changing the shape of the Constitution, condoning the acts of Martial Law regime and giving the discretionary power to the President to dissolve the National Assembly (1985).
5. Led a demonstration and rally at The Mall Lahore, on 23rd March 1988, for the release of political prisoners. Among prominent participants were the Chief of Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) Mr. Mairaj Mohammad Khan, Head of Muslim League (Q) Malik Mohammad Qasim, Mrs. Tehmina Khar, Members of Parliament and the hundreds of political activists.
6. Staged and led protest demonstration of more than 500 lawyers in front of the Parliament House on February 14, 1995, against the arrests of the opposition leaders and the parliamentarians.
7. Launched a signature campaign amongst the members of Bar Associations across the Country for the release of the opposition members of the Parliament (1995).
8. Has been arrested and remained behind bars several times during the regimes of General Ayub Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, General Zia Ul Haq, Benazir Bhutto and General Pervaiz Musharraf for the cause of restoration of democracy and fundamental human rights.
9. Contributed a number of articles in leading national newspapers on human rights, democracy, peace, terrorism, police, judiciary, political parties and electoral reforms in Pakistan.
10. Set up a network of lawyers committees to provide free legal aid to the victims of human rights violations (2000-2005).
11. Raised a countrywide network of volunteers committees (Khidmat committees) at Divisional District and Sub-district levels to help and redress the grievances of common man at grass roots level (1998-99).
12. Published a Comprehensive report on “Plight of Rural Women in Pakistan” and gross violations of their human rights (1994).
1. “Sitara-e- Imtiaz” (one of the highest civil awards in Pakistan) by the Government of Pakistan for rendering valuable services in the field of human rights (on March 23, 1998), the first in the history of Pakistan.
2. “Pakistan-United Nations Award 2005” by Pakistan-United Nations Association, on June 11, 2006 in recognitions of service for human rights.
Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, Netherlands, Poland, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, U.K. U.S.A. and U.S.S.R.
Presently, he is Federal Minister for Human Rights, Islamabad to till date.
TRIBUTES To Federal Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Ahmad Tarar, MNA, NA-108 M.B. Din