Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Anti-terror law faces Senate test in Pakistan  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 13/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The protection of pakistan ordinance allows security forces to detain suspects for up to 90 days without disclosing their whereabouts or the allegations against them

The government is facing a battle to enact a tough anti-terror law that rights activists and opposition parties have attacked as repressive.


The protection of pakistan ordinance allows security forces to detain suspects for up to 90 days without disclosing their whereabouts or the allegations against them.


Anyone arrested under the new law must prove their innocence — reversing the usual legal burden of proof — and satisfy courts they are not engaged in terror activities.


The government of prime minister nawaz sharif introduced the legislation in a bid to curb the violence and instability.


Pakistan has been in the grip of a homegrown taleban insurgency since 2007 with more than 6800 people killed in bomb and gun attacks according to a tally.


Law enforcement agencies and the sclerotic courts system have struggled to make any impact on the violence.


The lower house of parliament controlled by sharif’s ruling pakistan muslim league-n (pml-n) party approved the new bill earlier this week.


But the main opposition pakistan people’s party (ppp) says it will fight to block it in the upper house where it holds sway.


“pakistan will become a police state” senior ppp senator farhatullah babar said on friday.


He warned the law effectively legitimises enforced disappearances — an issue on which rights groups routinely criticise pakistan.


Campaigners say up to 2000 people have disappeared into custody of the security services many from balochistan.


“it also legitimises extrajudicial killings because the law authorises the police and the military to shoot anybody on the basis of reasonable suspicion without evidence” babar said.


Human rights watch (hrw) urged the senate to reject the law in its current form and send it back to the national assembly for amendments.


“the protection of pakistan ordinance as drafted runs roughshod over rights provided under international law as well as pakistan’s constitution” hrw’s brad adams said in a statement.


Mushahid hussain the chairman of the senate defence committee said he did not think the bill could be passed in its current form.


“there is unlimited authority given to the security forces and police for shoot-to-kill orders. this authority can be abuse. so we find this unacceptable” he said.


If the senate and national assembly cannot agree on amendments a joint session of both houses may be called to debate the matter.

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes --


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 29 2014 - Mercedes disciplines Rosberg after crashArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BRACKLEY England: Formula One team Mercedes has disciplined Nico Rosberg for crashing into teammate Lewis Hamilton during last weekend's Belgian Grand Prix warning the German ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Papua New Guinea volcano erupts locals evacuateArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CANBERRA Australia: A volcanic eruption on Papua New Guinea has led to nearby communities being evacuated and some international flights being diverted.The Australian government ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Mother son reunite after 36 yearsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A Yemeni woman 60 was reunited with her son after 36 years said sabq.org electronic newspaper quoting her brother.The son was only three years old when the woman got divorced ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Nurse-doctor ratio higher in govt hospitals: ReportArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The ratio of nurses for physicians in the government-run hospitals is double compared to the rate prevailing in private sector hospitals that means two nurses for one physician ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Three months on Umrah pilgrim still missingArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) An Indian pilgrim from the state of Kerala who came to the Kingdom for Umrah three months ago went missing after wandering outside of his hotel room.Relatives are still looking ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Three jailed for graftArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Eastern Province Municipality official who was accused of amassing SR6.3 million in bribes has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined SR1 million.The official had ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Jeddah Riyadh lead in marriage denial casesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi women have filed some 622 "adhl" cases from the beginning of 2013 to date Justice Ministry sources said. "Adhl" is where a woman is denied the right to marry by her ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Young couples revive furniture shop salesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Furniture shops in Jeddah witnessed a rise in young shoppers who are planning to get married during the summer season. According to shop owners sales increased by 90 percent due ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Scientists discover mild cases of MERSArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CHICAGO: Fewer than half of Saudi Arabian patients in a study passed the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus to household members and many of those who developed secondary ...

 Aug 29 2014 - Massive hair lump removed from patient's stomachArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A medical team in Asir successfully removed a massive two-kilogram hair lump from the stomach of a 20-year-old patient.The team headed by Dr. Antoine Nosta operated at Muhayil ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help