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    Senate unanimously approves Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014

    ISLAMABAD: The Upper House on Monday unanimously passed the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014 which permits security forces to shoot suspects on sight with the permission of a grade-15 official.

    Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid moved the bill in the Senate on behalf of Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.

    Hamid said that it was very necessary to pass the bill in the Senate to counter the activities of terrorists across the country.

    He said it will send a message that the government stands with the military in the operation against terrorists in FATA.

    Hamid also appreciated the role of parliamentary leaders from all the political parties in the Senate who gave their suggestions in this regard.

    Later, PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani said that it was an alarming situation in which Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan did not take part in discussions with parliamentary leaders before the bill was approved in the Senate.

    Rabbani admitted that the PPO is a strict bill but the opposition parties support the government regarding the approval of the bill due to present law and order situation of the country.

    “The interior minister did not give any importance to the Upper House while it was necessary that he should be present in the Senate to move the bill today,” Rabbani added.

    He suggested the government discuss all issues on the floor of the parliament so that a solution for any problem faced by the government can be provided.

    JUI-F Senator and Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Talha Mehmood said that the committee had passed the bill before moving it in the Senate.

    He also said that it was important for the government to assure the Senate that security forces will not misuse the PPO at any cost.

    He said that the law should not be misused against seminary students and members of political parties.

    “We have concerns on many clauses of the bill but we will support the government for the protection of the state in this regard,” he admitted.

    The passage of the bill has become possible following the government`s acceptance of more than a dozen opposition-proposed amendments to the draft that had already been passed by the National Assembly.

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    Altaf distances himself from his legislators' support for PPB‏

    KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain distanced himself on Thursday from his party’s support for the controversial Protection of Pakistan Bill approved by the National Assembly a day earlier and said the parliamentarians of his party supported the law without consulting him.

    The disclosure, which raised a serious question about Mr Hussain’s grip over his party, came when a senior journalist asked the MQM chief at a Karachi Press Club programme why his party had supported what many described as a repressive law and despite the fact that he himself had rejected and termed it a black law.

    “When I woke up in the morning I came to know that this law had been passed,” Mr Hussain clarified. “I asked my colleagues whether they had consulted anyone before supporting the legislation, and it turned out that they supported the law in haste.”

    Mr Hussain, who was informally talking to journalists at the KPC from London over phone, admitted that the decision had been taken without even consulting him.

    But he said that he personally still believed that the Protection of Pakistan Bill was a black law and it should be repealed as soon as the military operation Zarb-i-Azb was over.

    “I assure you that we will not allow this law to continue for a longer period,” he added.

    He said that since the armed forces had been busy in fighting militants in North Waziristan, one should avoid issuing any statement which could affect the operation.

    In reply to a question, he said he would advise Dr Tahirul Qadri and Imran Khan to continue their anti-government protests, but avoid any action that might jeopardise the operation.

    The MQM chief agreed with a recent statement of former ISPR director general retired Maj Gen Athar Abbas that indecision over the army operation in North Waziristan had caused serious losses.

    He asked the United States, Britain, India and Afghanistan to extend their full cooperation to Pakistan in the operation against militants.

    In reply to a question, Mr Hussain said the MQM never blamed Rangers and police as an institution for illegal arrests, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings of its workers. “These unconstitutional means are personal act of some biased elements in police and Rangers.”

    He praised the army for launching the Zarb-i-Azb and announced that the MQM would take out a solidarity rally on July 6 in Karachi to support the armed forces. He said the nation stood by the armed forces in their mission to eradicate terrorism and militancy from the country.

    Mr Hussain recalled the sacrifices rendered by journalists for democracy and solidarity of the country.

    He asked the government, defence institutions and cable operators to play their role in restoring the transmission of certain private news channels on cable network so that they could inform the nation about the operation in North Waziristan.

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    Applicable for two years: President signs Protection of Pakistan Bill into law


    President Mamnoon Hussain signed the Protection of Pakistan Bill (PPB) 2014 into a law on Friday as political parties continue to mull over the option of challenging the act in the Supreme Court. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has accepted the law, despite earlier reservations and concerns, but the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is still divided on the issue.

    The new law, which Human Rights Watch (HRW) says violates the country’s international legal obligations, is tough on terror and doubles the maximum sentence for terrorist offences to 20 years. It also allows security forces to hold suspects for up to 60 days without disclosing their whereabouts or allegations against them.

    The PPB will be applicable for the next two years.

    The National Assembly passed the bill on July 2, two days after it was unanimously passed in the Senate. Earlier, the government had failed to get all members of the opposition on board, as the Jamaat-e-Islami opposed the bill in the lower house, while the PTI abstained from voting. JUI-F also boycotted the voting process.

    JI general secretary Liaquat Baloch told The Express Tribune that his party would challenge the act in the apex court, because it negates the fundamental rights of citizens.

    The law also faced resistance from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), which condemned the government for passing the PPB.

    Separately, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has now postponed its earlier decision to challenge the controversial legislation in the Supreme Court. In April this year, PTI had announced to challenge the act in the apex court soon after the government had it passed in the National Assembly amid protests by opposition parties.

    PTI’s central information secretary Dr Shireen Mazari said the party had postponed its decision, citing the many changes made in the draft.

    However, the legal minds of the party, including senior lawyer Hamid Khan, proposed to the leadership that the bill should be challenged in the court once it is passed by both houses of parliament and becomes law.

    They believed that the Supreme Court would dismiss PTI’s petition on the grounds that PPB was only a proposed law.

    Hamid Khan termed the legislation void, saying that this law would have serious repercussions. Whenever such powers have been given to security agencies, they did misuse them, he argued. “This law is no different from India’s Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).” The controversial TADA, which was in force between 1985 and 1995 aimed at curbing Punjab insurgency and was later applied to all of India.

    Earlier, the government had promulgated two ordinances, one Protection of Pakistan Ordinance 2013 introduced in October last year and the other Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 in January this year.

    The government later introduced the PPB in the lower house after combining both of these ordinances.

    Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s Senator Farogh Naseem and MNA Abdul Rashid Godil did not comment when The Express Tribune contacted them. Although MQM voted in favour of the legislation, its party chief Altaf Hussain issued a dissenting statement against the bill.

    Separately, JUI-F’s Qari Muhammad Yousaf – an ally of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz – said, “We are not happy with this legislation and we also boycotted the voting process, but the media did not give us proper coverage.”

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    JI challenges Protection of Pakistan Act 2014 in Supreme Court

    Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Wednesday challenged the Protection of Pakistan Act 2014 in the Supreme Court, Express News reported.

    A senior member of the JI had confirmed to The Express Tribune that his party will request the SC to strike down the whole law.

    The new law, which Human Rights Watch (HRW) says violates the country’s international legal obligations, is tough on terror and doubles the maximum sentence for terrorist offences to 20 years. It also allows security forces to hold suspects for up to 60 days without disclosing their whereabouts or allegations against them.

    President Mamnoon Hussain had signed the Act into a law on July 11. The Act is applicable for the next two years.

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