Legislation to discourage population growth to be moved in AJK Assembly


Our Correspondent


Azad Jammu Kashmir Population Welfare Minister Dr. Mustafa Bashir said here on Monday that in view of the alarming and rapid population growth a bill for legislation to discourage the unbridled increase in population could be moved in Azad Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly in the near future after due consultation with all concerned stake holders to discourage the trend.
He was speaking as chief guest after inaugurating the 2-day Capacity Building Workshop on Population Planning held under the auspices of the UNFPA and Ministry of National Health Services Regulation & Coordination of the Govt. of Pakistan with the coordination of the AJK Population Welfare Department in the light of recent recommendations of Council of Common Interest (CCI) for ensuring the functional integration of the AJK Population Welfare and Health Departments through raising awareness among healthcare service providers to rationalize the population of the country including AJK with available resources.
It may be added that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), formerly the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, is a UN organization. The UNFPA says it “is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled”. Secretary Population Welfare of AJK government Raja Muhammad Razzaque, senior officials /experts from Ministry of National Health Service including Director Ehsan ul Haq, Additional Director Health AJK Dr. Asghar Ali Chaudhry, Director Population Welfare Muhammad Zeashan Arif, CEO Rahnuma-Family lanning Association of Pakistan Syed Kamal Shah, Head of TSU UNFPA Abdul Ghaffar Khan and others also addressed the moot which was largely attended by the medicos including District Health Officers, Medical Superintendents of the state run hospitals and seasoned gynecologists from across Azad Jammu Kashmir.
Senior Kashmiri journalist and Director CPDR Altaf Hamid Rao, Country Director Muslim Hands UK Raja Arslan Nusrat, Director Information AJK Mirza Bashir Ahmed, Divisional Head PID Mirpur Javed Malik.