Pakistan’s notified borders with Afghanistan open for trade, business activities: NA informed

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan laid before the house the Annual Report of Pakistan Information Commission for the period 1st January 2020 to 30th November 2020.

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The National Assembly was informed today (Friday) that Pakistan’s notified borders with Afghanistan are open for trade and business activities.

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Gul Dad Khan and others in the house today, Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Shaukat Ali said the notified borders are Torkham, Chaman, Badini, Angur Ada, Ghulam Khan and Kharlachi.

The movers of the calling attention emphasized the need for enhancing trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. They said more crossing points should be opened between the two countries to achieve the objective.

Minister for Energy Omer Ayub Khan laid before the house the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Amendment Ordinance 2021.

Two bills were also laid before the house today. These included: The Muslim Family Laws Amendment Bill and the National Commission on the Rights of Child Amendment Bill. The chair referred the bills to the standing committees concerned.

Responding to the points raised by minorities’ members, Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said a bill has been prepared against the forced conversions.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that a parliamentary committee was constituted to guarantee the rights of the minorities as per the constitution of Pakistan. He said we respect the rights of the minority community.

PPP leader Naveed Qamar said his party will fully support any bill aimed at protecting the rights of minorities.

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