President Mamnoon signs Protection of Pakistan Bill into law

Published: July 11, 2014
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President Mamnoon Hussain. PHOTO: FILE

President Mamnoon Hussain. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday signed the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014 into a law, Express News reported.

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.

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.

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-e-Insaf (PTI) abstained from voting.

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.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Ahmed
    Jul 11, 2014 - 10:37AM

    Finally, the legal authority the government needs to fight and end terrorism.

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  • Enemy of MUNAFIQs
    Jul 11, 2014 - 12:13PM

    Oh ! Pakistan has the PRESIDENT.

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  • Crazy Canuck
    Jul 11, 2014 - 1:34PM

    Haha! I bet this guy doesn’t even have the slightest clue what the bill was all about in the first place. I’m ashamed to be a citizen of this country.

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  • Jul 11, 2014 - 1:42PM

    India should have similar bill.

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  • Mahmood
    Jul 11, 2014 - 2:26PM

    I doubt those who voted on the bill even bothered to read it ! Welcome to the Islamic Police State of Pakistan

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  • haroon
    Jul 11, 2014 - 4:03PM

    Why only 2 years. ..it should be applicable forever

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  • Safar Shah
    Jul 11, 2014 - 5:00PM

    American passed the Patriot Act within 1 year of 9/11. It has taken Pakistan 10 years to pass a similar law which is required to fight terrorism.

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