Only 4 labour officers in Islamabad

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Staff Reporter

There are just four labour officers for 63 brick kilns and factories in the capital city, the Islamabad High Court was told Wednesday.

A report submitted by the deputy commissioner of the capital city revealed that for a population of two million, there were insufficient employees in the Islamabad Labour Department.

“How will action be taken against culprits if the department is empty? Who will the labourers go to? Where will they file their complaints?” advocate Umar Aijaz Gillani, member of the commission probing bonded labour in Islamabad, said. Chief Justice Athar Minallah expressed anger over the department.

“What’s stopping the Labour Department from doing its job? Why hasn’t it been cracking down against bonded labour?” he asked.

The court has summoned the department’s director to court on August 31. Earlier this year, the court formed a commission to investigate cases of bonded labour in Pakistan.

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