Child Protection Bill to be tabled in NA soon

By Adeel Pathan

January 04, 2009 / The News

HYDERABAD: The Child Protection Bill would be tabled in the National Assembly within a month to protect the rights of children, said the director of the National Commission for Child Welfare and Development.

Sajjad Ahmed Khan said this while responding to a query of this scribe during a media workshop on child rights here on Saturday at a local hotel.

The commission organised the workshop for media persons and academicians in collaboration with the Plan Pakistan. Journalists from Hyderabad and other districts of the province participated in the event. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education Ashraf Ali Khan welcomed the participants and briefed them on the nature of the workshop.

In his presentation and later responding to the queries of participants, Sajjad Ahmad said that the deadlock over the Child Protection Bill was over and the government was willing to approve the bill soon.

He said that a meeting in this regard would be held on 6th January 2009 in Islamabad and the bill would be tabled in the National Assembly within a month for approval.

He said that a child protection authority would be established at the federal level under the bill and punishment would be awarded to those involved in violence against children.

Other speakers included Pervez Tufail, Safdar Raza, Zulfikar Jhammat, Seema Nazli and Imdad Kerrio. They called for a collective effort to end the violence against children.

They also called for implementation of national and international laws in this regard. They demanded that child trafficking, child labour and other cruel acts of violence against children should be brought to an end.

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