Punishment increased for those who send Pakistanis abroad on cheating

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Ijaz Kakakhel
Islamabad

The Senate Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Committee on Thursday Passed the Bill “The Emigration (Amendment) Bill, 2022”, which approves to increase the punishments of those who cheated in sending Pakistanis abroad and to appoint labor attachés in embassies abroad. The punishment of the people involved in making them do wrong was increased from seven years to 14 years.

The bill was introduced by Dr. Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur, the objective of the bill is to consolidate and rationalize the law in Islamabad Territory (ICT) and at Trans-Provincial level, relating to formation of Trade Unions, and federation of employers and workers, the avoidance and settlement of differences or disputes arising between them or matter connected therewith, Industrial Relations ACT, 2012 was enacted. The Bill was passed unanimously after omission of item 08 of the amendments. Munzoor Ahmed Kakar Presides over a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development at Parliament House.

The Industrial Relations Amendment Bill 2022 was approved by majority vote in the committee. The committee asked for the details of the Pakistanis imprisoned abroad, she said that these workers send capital to Pakistan and have brought a bill for their protection, she said that the bill is to ensure the protection of the rights of overseas Pakistanis, especially workers, appointing labor attachés in embassies and recruiting Pakistanis from Pakistan to do wrongful work abroad, penalties were increased. Under the bill, labor attachés will be appointed in Pakistani embassies abroad, along with those who will escort Pakistanis abroad and prosecute them for wrongdoing abroad or against what they may be asked to do in Pakistan she said that our foreign missions should have labor attachés with recruitment agencies that help people and said that those who are taken abroad and commit wrongdoing should be severely punished.

Senator Shahadat Awan asked to withdraw the amendment to appoint a special judge, on which Senator Zarqa withdrew it, after which the committee unanimously approved the bill. On the recommendations of the committee regarding the arrears of the families of the Pakistanis who died abroad by the Overseas Pakistani Foundation, the officials and the Rise Pakistani Foundation told the committee that an amount of Rs. 840 million has been requested from the Ministry of Finance for which a letter is being written as soon as we get this money we will distribute it to the family members.