ISLAMABAD: Defence Production Minister Rana Tanveer on Thursday informed the National Assembly that the Ministry of Science and Technology would establish the Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA). He said, “PHA will be established through an Act of parliament called the Pakistan Halal Authority Act 2014. Tanveer said the purpose of establishing PHA is to promote imports and exports and inter-provincial trade and commerce in Halal goods and processes. The draft bill for the establishment of PHA was finalised in the light of comments of relevant stakeholders and was sent to the Cabinet Division and the Council of Common Interests (CCI) for approval. The CCI in its meeting on March 3 approved the draft PHA Bill 2014. The minister said in total notification for 23 items has been issued to declare them prohibited (haram) in the country.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2015.