MPs ratify 2 international conventions

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday ratified Afghanistan’s membership of two international conventions on human trafficking, especially women and children, and silkworm farming.
Abdul Qadir Zazai, who heads the house panel on international affairs, told lawmakers that the Council of Minister had approved the convention on human trafficking last year.
Under the convention, he said, member states assisted each other in preventing human smuggling -- particularly of women and children -- and punishing those involved.
Zazai added the Cabinet had also endorsed Afghanistan’s membership of the convention on silkworm cultivation the same year. Member states help each other in raising the insects and increasing profits from silk production.
Of the 125 MPs present, 118 approved the two conventions, which would be referred to the Meshrano Jirga -- or the upper house -- for ratification.

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