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Pervaiz Rashid presented two bills in NA

04 January, 2015

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights Pervaiz Rashid on Saturday presented two bills in the National Assembly – The Constitution (Twenty-First Amendment) bill 2015 and Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015.

The minister also moved two motions to dispense with other business of the day to take into consideration the bills, which were approved by Speaker Ayaz Sadiq.

The first bill seeks amendment in the constitutional and would be repealed after two years. The bill said the people of Pakistan have expressed their firm resolve through their chosen representatives in the all parties conferences to wipe out terrorists from the country, therefore it is expedient to provide constitutional protection to the necessary measures taken in the interest of security and integrity of the country.

The bill seeking amendment in Article 175 Clause (3) and proposes that at the end a colon be substituted instead of a full stop and thereafter following provision be inserted: “Provided that the provision of this article shall have no application to the trial of persons under any of the Acts mentioned at serial no 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Part I (III) of the First Schedule, who claims, or is known, to belong to any terrorist group or organization using the name of religion or a sect.”

The bill also seeks amendment in the First Schedule of the Constitution in the First Schedule in Part I (III) after entry 5, the entries shall be added, namely: The Pakistan Army Act 1852 (XXXIX) of 1952; The Pakistan Air Force Act, 1953 (VI of 1953); The Pakistan Navy Ordinance, 1961 (XXXV of 1961); The Protection of Pakistan Act, 2014 (X of 2014).

The statement of objects and reasons said that extraordinary situation and circumstances exist, which demand special measures for speedy trial of offences relating to terrorism, waging of war or insurrection against Pakistan and prevention of acts threatening the security of the country.

After the restoration to the Army Act (Amendment), the Pakistan Army can take any action against attackers of civil, military institutions in the country. Under the applicable law, any attacker using weapons in the name of religion would also be liable to punishment. Any individual or group suspected of carrying, hiding, or transporting any explosive material would also be liable to punishment. Anyone accused of kidnapping would also be punished. Any financer of illegal activities would also be liable to punishment.

Under the Army Act, the federal government would give the final verdict for any terrorist being tried in the special courts. All applicable laws under the Army Act would be in effect for a total of two years, after which the special courts would cease to exist.

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