The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) government has decided to ban child labour in the valley after an amendment to the Restriction on Employment of Children Act 2016 was approved.

The approved amendment was taken up in a cabinet meeting chaired by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in Muzaffarabad on Wednesday.

According to the amendments, children less than 17 years of age cannot be hired in the private sector.

While sharing details of the cabinet’s decision with the media, Education Minister Barrister Iftikhar Geelani said that the amended law would help discourage child labour in the region.