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New Bill Passed: Father’s to Get Leave Along Mother on Child Birth in Pakistan

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice has unanimously passed a bill to give leave to fathers with the birth of children.

According to the report, a bill passed by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice has declared the mother entitled to six months’ leave and the father one month’s leave on the birth of a child.

The text of the bill states that on the birth of the second child the mother will be given four months and the father one month leave, similarly on the birth of the third child the mother will be given three and the father one month leave.

Shazia Ata Murree wrote on social network site Twitter that the law would apply to public and private institutions in Islamabad. He clarified that this law is applicable only to the federal capital.

He said that the law was drafted a year ago by Senator Qaratul Ain Murree, a Member of Parliament from Sanghar.

Shazia Ata Murree expressed happiness over the passage of the bill and said that after its approval by the Senate, it has now been approved by the Standing Committee.

Under the law, women from other provinces of Pakistan like Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan will be given 12 weeks leave while mothers from Sindh will be given 16 weeks leave.

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