ISLAMABAD: Declaring such laws as Pakistan Protection Act 2014 would produce characters like ‘Gullu Butt’, the member of National Assembly (MNA) Jamshed Dasti has challenged the bill in Islamabad High Court.
The independent lawmaker from Muzaffargarh has stood against the bill which, as claimed by him, is otherwise to Articles 4, 9 and 10 of the Constitution which could be utilized for personal and political interests. The petition also added that the act to grab a suspect’s remand explained in the act was not appropriate and appealed the court to ban the Pakistan Protection Act 2014.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has signed into the law for two years the Protection of Pakistan Bill on July 11. While, the legislation had been passed with a majority vote in a special one-day session of the 342-seat lower house in the National Assembly on July 2. Moreover, the bill was approved unanimously in the Senate on June 30.
Furthermore, various quarters and rights groups have viewed the legislation as a means that can be used to suppress peaceful political opposition and criticized the government policies.
Last but not the least, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) went so far as to say that Pakistan’s new anti-terrorism law has given a “green light for abusing suspects” and should be withdrawn.