NA passes the Geographical Indication Bill, 2020

After 14 years, National Assembly has finally passed the long-awaited “The Geographical Indication Bill, 2020″ aimed at protecting ownership rights of goods produced in the country. Due to the absence of legislation, international brands continue selling Pakistan-origin goods such as Paul Smith’s Peshawari Chappal, Moroccan Ajrak and California Basmati, depriving the country to get premium in the international market. The bill will help protect various products local to the country including Hunza Apricots, Charsadda/Peshawari Chappal, Multani halwa, Sindhi Ajrak, Sargodha’s Kinno, Kasuri Methi, Sindhri mangoes, Dir knives, Swat wild mushrooms, Nili-Ravi buffalo, Chaman grapes, Pashmina shawls, etc.