Message from Chairman

The Chairman of SHARP-Pakistan is a lawyer by profession, honoured with Presidential Award “Defender of Human rights” for his commitment and services to the humanity. Having over 25 years of experience in the field of human rights and law, he had also been the chief editor of first legal magazine of Pakistan with the name AL-QANOON. The magazine bears the honour of being presented in the court of law as reference in many cases. Mr. Banori is also a columnist and has been regularly giving his thoughts on various socio-political issues in leading newspapers in Pakistan.

Dear friends and colleagues

Protection has been the core focus area for SHARP since its inception in 1998 and we are dedicated to extend our services to the destitute and deprived segments of the society. Our struggle for human rights protection and promotion has spanned over a decade now, but, unfortunately, the human rights situation in our country is still not satisfactory. The socio-political environment in our country has been fragile and undergone intermittent abruptions, which has severely undermined the welfare and the respect of human rights of the individuals living in Pakistan.

The refugee situation in Pakistan has always been managed through ad-hoc arrangements, which has further aggravated the sorry plight of their miserable lives. The non-accession of 1951 Refugee Convention by the government of Pakistan, and the lack of refugee-specific legislation in the country has, over the years, fuelled the vulnerabilities of the millions of refugees in Pakistan. SHARP-Pakistan feels greatly for this unfortunate segment of the population, and is continuously dedicating its services to the protection of the refugee population through various means; including but not limited to legal assistance, legal counselling, provision of education to the distressed refugee children and taking measures to improve their livelihood skills for enabling them to pursue their livelihood in a dignified manner.

My utmost gratitude to the well-wishers of SHARP, the donors (UNHCR and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany), supporting humanitarian networks such as International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), and strategic partners (Judiciary, Police and FIA, disaster management authorities, health), media and civil society for their trust and support in helping SHARP realize its humanitarian and compassionate spirit in helping the marginalized segments of the society. I would also like to appreciate our projects’ teams, volunteers and associates for their dedication and support in enabling SHARP help the destitute, distressed and marginalized segments of our society.

Syed Liaqat Ali Shah Banori
Advocate High Court


SHARP, Society for Human Rights and Prisoners' Aid, is a Non-Profitable, Non-Political and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered with the Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies.

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