Senate body approves Halal Authority Bill

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Senates Standing Committee on Science and Technology has approved the Pakistan Halal Authority Bill for regulation of all imports and exports in Halal articles and processes.

The parliamentary panel was told that Pakistan wanted to establish its own accreditation system for Halal foods instead of relying on the WTO and its recommendations.

“Pakistan, along with other Muslim countries, is against it,” said Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) Director General Ismat Gul Khattak while addressing the standing committee.

In March, he said, the council would organise a conference of Islamic scholars to determine which items and ingredients are acceptable under the Islamic laws. While the list of haram – or taboo under the Islamic laws – items is long, Khattak told the committee mechanical slaughtering was also unacceptable in Pakistan.

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