PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has drafted a new law to stop financing of negative activities and money laundering through charities.

The proposed law will bring the charity organisations and institutions collecting donations under the law. A commission will be formed to keep an eye on the financial activities of the charity organisations.

The KP cabinet has approved the KP Charity Act which will be presented in the next session of the KP Assembly. The bill proposes bringing all the charity work, funds and donations under the law. The bill proposes six-month imprisonment and Rs100,000 fine on the people involvement in financial irregularities in charities.

The commission formed under the act will be empowered to conduct inquiry against any charity. It will also be empowered to conduct audit of the charities and suggest punishment in case of detecting any irregularity. It will be mandatory for the charities to get permission of the commission before collecting donations on the provincial level.

On the district and tehsil level, the charities will require permission of the district administration for collecting donations. The bill has been named Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Charity Act.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan directed expediting work on Rashakai Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Nowshera district.

Chairing a meeting in Peshawar, the chief minister said all possible facilities would be provided to foreign investors for economic activities in the province. The chief minister said the government is working on establishing a network of all the industrial zones for the economic stability of the province.

Meanwhile, KP Minister for Tourism Muhammad Atif Khan said the government has chalked out a comprehensive plan for promotion of tourism in the province.

In an interview, he said the provincial government is working for provision of modern facilities in existing tourist resorts. He said 20 tourist sites have been identified in KP which will be promoted. He said visa policy has also been relaxed to promote tourism in the country, particularly in KP.

Few days ago, Atif Khan met Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to discuss the details of the visa relaxation policy for foreign tourists. The minister said KP has great tourism potential.

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