PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa is still considering tabling the Women Protection Bill, rejected by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), in the provincial assembly, the Adviser to CM on Information Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference at the Press Club here, he gave a preview of new legislative bills passed by the provincial assembly.
Answering a question, he said that the government is re-drafting the Women Protection Bill, making it conform to the tenets of Islam.
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“The bill [Women Protection Bill] is still under consideration and the provincial government is committed to table it in the assembly,” Ghani said, adding, the Paksitan Tehrek-i-Insaf government had carried out more than 100 legislations after it was voted into power in the province.
According to him, 100 more laws were in the
pipeline, adding that PTI chairman Imran Khan sought to change the system instead of focusing on development projects.
Criticizing the federal government, he said the provincial government had also sent summaries to President Mamnoon Hussain to extend acts such as the Right to Information Act and Right to Services Act to tribal areas, but the president is yet to sign these laws.
Referring to the law banning interest on private loans and the KP whistleblower act, Ghani said such laws would curb the occurrence of heinous crimes.
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He said according to new laws, whoever molests any borrower or debtor with the intention of forcible recovery of loans shall be punished with a maximum prison term of five years or with a fine of Rs500,000.
He maintained that the whistleblower act would help in identifying corruption within government departments.
Talking about the Raiwind march, he said the protest rally was being staged as a last option in view of the federal government’s non-seriousness regarding carrying out transparent investigations into the Panama Papers.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 23rd, 2016.