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Seminar on ‘Proposal for Legislation of Child Marriages Restraint Act in AJK’- to be held in AJK’s capital town on Monday,

MIRPUR (AJK):    Under the spirit to discourage the trend of the early marriages of under-aged children and to join heads to the related move for devising the law against such marriages, Azad Jammu & Kashmir Population Weldfare Department is going to host a grand seminar titled‘ Proposal for Legislation of Child Marriages Restraint Act in AJK’ with the coordination and support of the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) AND Population Program Wing of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of the Government of Pakistan, in AJK’s capital city of Muzaffarabad on December 30 (Monday), it was officially said.

“AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan will inaugurate the grand event to be attended, among others by Dr. Mustafa Bashir, AJK minister for Population Welfare and seasoned experts including law makers from AJK and experts from all the four provinces of the country including the federal capital to share their valuable inputs on the topic”, said Raja Muhammad Razzaque, Secretary Population Welfare Department of Azad Jammu Kashmir government.

Unveiling the salient features of the significance of the scheduled seminar, Raja Razzaque told this Correspondent here on Saturday that besides the chair – Chief guest Raja Farooq Haider Khan, Prime Minister of Azad Govt. of the State of Jammu & Kashmir and AJK Population Welfare Minister Dr. Mustafa Bashir, key speakers including Dr. Jamil Ahmed Chaudhry, Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Dr. Shahid Hanif, Director General Population Program Wing of the National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of the Government of Pakistan, Dr. Nosheena Shabirm Consultant Gynecologist CMH Muzaffarabad, Irshad Ahmed Qureshi, Secretary Law, Justice, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, AJK Govt., Dr. Muhammad Idrees Abbasi, Secretary of the President of AJK State will respectively spoke on their respective topics including medical problems caused by early marriages, proposed legislation of ‘Early-age Marriages Restraint Act in AJK’, ‘Family Planning in the Perspective of International Law’ and the identical issues.

Earlier, Secretary, AJK government for Population Welfare Department Raja Muhammad Razzaque will present on overview over the recommendations of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on the population planning to ensure the planning for maintaining the due volume of the population in the country including AJK friendly to the state in view of the prevailing the rapid population growth.