Monday, 15 June 2015

A 15 year old child can legally work in Pakistan

According to Article 11 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, a child under the age of 14 years cannot work. Any labour taken from such child comes under the ambit of child labor. However no such restriction is imposed on children above the age of 14 years.

There is no proper definition of child present in any law of Pakistan. Definition of child varies from statute to statute. For example a person cannot be treated as an adult if he/she is under the age of 18 years for the purposes of criminal law. Such child is the subject of Juvenile Justice System Ordinance 2000.

It is not something unique in Pakistan. Many countries in Europe and many states in USA legally allow children to work under the age of 18 years. There is nothing wrong if children under the age of 18 years work on part time bases along with their studies to support their parents and to facilitate themselves.

However, it is need of the time that Government shall make efforts to ensure no child labor is present in the country whereby children under the age of 14 years are working in industries and establishments. For further queries and suggestions contact internationallawyerinfo@gmail.com

Regards,
Salman Yousaf Khan
Constitutional Lawyer
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