President signs protection of Pakistan bill into law

President signs protection of Pakistan bill into law

mamnooPresident Mamnoon Hussain on Friday signed the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014 into a law after the approval of the bill from the National Assembly and the Senate.

It also allows security forces to hold suspects for up to 90 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.

The government had failed to get all members of the opposition on board, as the Jamat-e-Islami opposed the bill in the National Assembly while the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) abstained from voting.

The new law, which Human Rights Watch (HRW) says violates Pakistan’s international legal obligations, is tough on terror and doubles the maximum sentence for terror offences to 20 years.

The law also faced resistance from the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), which condemned the government for passing the PPB. The bill has been referred to as controversial, repressive and even draconian.

It is worth mentioning here that with the imposition of the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014, the security will have extensive powers and they will be authorized to keep the suspect under arrest for 90 days with warrant.

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