NA Approves Bill for Up to 6 Months of Paid Maternity and Paternity Leave

National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice, on Tuesday, unanimously approved the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill.

PPP lawmaker, Shazia Marri, introduced the bill, which accords employees up to 6 months of paid maternity and paternity leaves.


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The bill will be only applicable to public and private sector organizations of the federal capital territory.

Now, the bill will be tabled in the National Assembly and promulgated once it receives the assent of the majority of lawmakers.

According to the bill, the mother will be entitled to 6 months paid maternity leave while the father will receive a 1-month paternity leave on the birth of their first child.

On the birth of the second child, the mother will receive a 4-month maternity leave while the father will be entitled to a 1-month paternity leave.


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The mother will receive a 3-month maternity leave while the father will be entitled to 1 month paternity leave on the birth of their third child.

Earlier this year in January, the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill was approved by the Senate.

The earlier version of the bill had proposed 6 months and 3 months of paid maternity and paternity leaves respectively.

  • Finally, some good law making by the MNAs for the people of Pakistan…. Its really good to see our government supporting its citizens in such hard times for a change. People who do not have extended family to take care of them will really take benefit from it. Well appreciated and good move.

  • Being a small business owner, I fear that this will not be a viable and sustainable option. In western countries the government contributes to private sector for the cost of paternal/maternal leave.
    They are imposing this law in a broken system. Upon this news I would need to fire a male employee as I would still need to hire and train his replacement hence increasing my cost.
    Without any incentive from govt this is not feasible for SME’s so causing unemployment and sorrow for soon to be parents.

    • Very true. These parliamentarians live in their own world mis-appropriating taxpayer money for such stupid schemes. Majority of them have done no real profitable business in their useless lives.

      I would much rather fire such an unproductive woman or man than waste precious monetary resources which could be used on more profitable areas to grow business.

  • indeed its a good decision. but in Pakistan it may be increase the gender in-equality , employers will avoid to hire women.

    its very bad that this law if its approved will followed in Islamabad. are rest of the other cities are not part of this country? it should be imposed on all cities of Pakistan. however 6 month for women on leave will not practicaly possible on leave. Employers Phir HIre hi Nahin karen gay women ko is darr se..

    THey should make another policy to create gender balancing in workplace. that all the companies must required to Hire at least 30% of women strictly. otherwise pakistani Qaum kabhi rakhy gi hi nahin ladies ko.

    • You ignored another aspect of gender equality wherein men are being given lesser paid leave than women. Both parents must get equal paid leave.

    • Mandatory 30% hiring is interesting so long as it is not restricted to certain professions.

      There are plenty of dirty jobs where women are under-respresented. e.g. plumbers, electricians, masonry, sewerage cleaning, etc.

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