ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has signed the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014 into a law on Friday.
According to the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the new law violates Pakistan’s international legal obligations. However, the bill will double the utmost sentence for terror offences to 20 years besides authorize the security forces to hold suspects for up to two months without exposing their whereabouts or allegations against them.
The bill will be applicable for the next two years as national Assembly passed the bill on July 2 and the Senate after two days.
Although the government was not succeeded in getting 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.
Moreover, the government had to face denouncement from Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) who opposed the law which had been referred to as controversial, repressive and even draconian.