Target killing, extortion and kidnapping added to Anti-Terrorism Act 1997

An inquiry committee will be formed to investigate these heinous crimes.

Web Desk September 18, 2013
An inquiry committee will be formed to investigate target killings, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. DESIGN: FAIZAN DAWOOD

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to add target killing, extortion and kidnapping for ransom to the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, Express News reported.

An inquiry committee will be formed to investigate these terrible crimes. It will comprise of not only the military but also civil armed forces and intelligence agencies' officers.

This committee is expected to register an FIR and present a particular case at the trial court within 30 days. If this is not possible then an interim report can be used otherwise. It will be up to the court to decide whether the interim report is sufficient enough to pursue the case.

If the case cannot be presented at the trial court for any reason then the high courts will be responsible to carry out the judgement.

Protective screens will be used at the courts during the trial. Furthermore, the trial can also take place via a video link.

Electronic and forensic evidence will also be accepted at the trial.


unbelievable | 8 years ago | Reply

Your anti terrorism laws haven't seemed to work against terrorism - so what makes anyone think that putting additional crimes under this umbrella will have a meaningful impact.

Syed A. Mateen | 8 years ago | Reply

Why the law makers have taken so much time to propose amendment in the anti-terrosim laws when so many people have been killed and injured?

Is there any valve of human beings in Pakistan or not, or it entirely depends on the lawmakers as and when they feel it convenient they propose amemdmend in the law.

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