ISLAMABAD - The government on Thursday decided to present Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Amendment) Bill and Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill in the Joint Session of the parliament in first half of August 2016.

The decision was taken in a meeting on Laws Review Committee, which was chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. It was noted that there was broad consensus on the bills among the political parties.

Finance Minister, Ishaq Dar stated that the government had taken serious notice of incidents of honour killings and desecration of women and wanted to purge the society of these evils. Enactment of the laws would help achieve this objective, he said.

Meanwhile, a delegation of -Pak - USA Business Forum led by Hafeez Khan called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

Finance Minister welcomed the delegation and apprised it of the state of country’s economy. He said that the government had been able to achieve an economic turnaround in the country within the last three years. The situation was now conducive for investment, as the government was focused on promoting economic growth. He invited Pakistani American businessmen to come forward and invest in the country. He said that the businessmen of Pakistan origin could take advantage of the tremendous opportunities being offered in the country.  

Members of the delegation complemented the Finance Minister on the achieving macroeconomic stability. They expressed interest in investment opportunities in the small and medium enterprises and suggested that foreign investors of Pakistan origin should be facilitated for making investment in the country.

Finance Minister directed Chairman BOI to provide all possible facilitation to the members of the business forum in their efforts for attracting investment in Pakistan.

Chairman BoI and senior officials of Ministries of Finance and Commerce attended the meeting.