A unanimous agreement was reached on the Protection of Pakistan Bill 2014, in the Senate, on Monday, which empowers a grade-15 official with issuing out shooting-at-sight orders to the security forces , against suspects.
The bill was circulated by Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology, in the Senate, on behalf of Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Hamid underscored the significance of the bill , in combating the terrorists’ activities in the country.
He also considers it as symbolic of civilian leadership’s standing by the side of military establishment ,that is fighting an operation in North Waziristan.
Hamid expressed his gratitude towards all the parliamentary leaders from all the political parties,in Senate, who consented to the approval of this bill.
However, PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, complained that in such a state of exigency, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan didn’t bother to participate in the parliamentary discourses, prior to the approval of the bill,in the Senate.
“The interior minister had belittled the worth of Upper House by not coming to the Senate on the day of approval of this significant bill. Despite the strict conditions and our reservations with regards to many provisions within the bill, we still support the government, in the wake of deteriorating law and order situation, prevalent in the country,” said the PPP’s Senator.
He also cautioned the government to prevent the misuse of the PPO ,by the security forces, saying that the law shouldn’t be used against the students and members of political parties.
The bill has finally been approved in the Senate, after incorporating the amendments from the opposition parties, following its approval in the National Assembly.