The Federal Government of Pakistan established, the full fledge, Ministry of Human Rights in November’ 2008. While the announcement of the creation of National Human Rights Commission was made in 1993, in the tenure of the caretaker Government, need was felt for establishment of a Human Rights Cell. Having established this cell in December 1993, Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan and an ardent advocate for democracy and human rights, upgraded this Human Rights Cell to the status of an independent Ministry in November 1995. However in December 1996, due to serious financial crisis in the country, the Ministry was downgraded to Human Rights Wing and attached to the Ministry of Law and Justice making it the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. This wing was again upgraded to the level of a Division in November 2007 and then to the level of Ministry of Human Rights in November’ 2008.