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PTI govt divided over control of halal authority

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ISLAMABAD: The cabinet has been divided over placing the Pakistan Halal Authority (PHA) under administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce as the country seeks to boost export of halal food products to the growing international market.

Comprehensive discussions were held on the proposal of placing PHA under control of the commerce ministry in a cabinet meeting held in the first week of October.

During deliberations, some cabinet members pointed out that PHA was essentially a certification authority more aligned with the activities of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Some other cabinet members were of the view that PHA’s functions were related to the promotion of import and export of halal products, which were more relevant to the work of the Ministry of Commerce.