Nov 08, 2010

Gilgit Baltistan: New Legislations to Improve Food Safety and Physical Security

Planned legislative reforms in Gilgit Baltistan are intended to increase food quality and combat domestic violence against women and children but whether they will increase adherence to international human rights standards remains to be seen.

Below is an article published by The Express Tribune:

Gilgit-Baltistan Law Minister, Wazir Shakeel, has said that legislations to curb the sale of poor food items and domestic violence against women and children would be presented in the governmental assembly soon.

“I am going to present this bill in the assembly in its next session,” the minister told The Express Tribune on Friday [5 November 2010].

He said that work in this tie has been done and that lawmakers will refine it. Shakeel also said that once the bill was passed, those involved in the sale of poor food items and spurious medicines would be charged and punished in view of that.

Similarly, the minister said that the law would also help eliminate domestic violence as well as the violence taking place in schools against students.

“The concerned regime agencies will be able to proceed against those involved in  violence,” he said, adding that legislation will have special emphasis on the sale of iodized salt as vendors will only be allowed to sell iodized salt.

In the absence of such laws in Gilgit-Baltistan, sources said, the sale of poor food items and violence against women and children were rampant.

In this tie, a NGO recently questioned the local [authorities] to help the regime in formulating laws against violence in schools. This NGO, Plot Pakistan, had recently announced extending the scope of work to Gilgit-Baltistan in a bid to help teachers to impart ‘student violence free’ and ‘student-friendly education’ in classrooms.