Pajhwok Services

Photo Service

SMS News Service

Pajhwok combines its expertise and experience in news reporting with a telecom firm and thus reach a wider audience in an 
effective way.

To subscribe: 
English News Update : Send 83 to 824
Dari News Update : Send 84 to 824
Pashto News Update : Send 85 to 824

Election Coverage

Special Mining Page

Afghan Peace Process Special Page

Addvertise With Pajhwok

Daily Newsletter

Sending Time (GMT / Kabul time)

Suggest a Story

Pajhwok is interested in your story suggestions. Please tell us your thoughts by clicking here.

MPs endorse anti-child soldier draft law

MPs endorse anti-child soldier draft law

Nov 01, 2014 - 18:15

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirgainfo-icon or lower house of parliament on Saturday approved a draft law barring children from being recruited as soldiers.

The Ministry of Justice tabled the draft law in the lower house last month after being approved by the Cabinet.

Hamayun Hamayun, who heads the house defence committee, said the measure had been discussed at joint meetings of the panels and there had been no differences.

He said the law’s article six suggested three to six months imprisonment for the officials concerned failing to fire soldiers under the age of 18 years from the military.

He said a person if found guilty of recruiting underage children as soldiers would be jailed for one year under the law.

Of 126 MPs present, 124 voted to approve the draft law. Acting Justice Minister Mohammad Yusuf Halim told the house that a number of children had been recruited as soldiers in the country.

He said the recruitment had negative impact the lives of child soldiers, who could be misused.

The draft law will be forwarded to the upper house for approval before being sent to the president for signing.



Related Article

Download “Pajhwok” mobile App, on your smartphone to read and access latest news, features, interviews, videos and photos about Afghanistan.


Add new comment


Twitter Update