ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Patron-in-Chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has warned that if the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) is passed in its current form, a day will come when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may himself become its victim. “If #PPO passes in its current form one day PM NS will be arrested using it. I hope the Senate does the right thing and does not let it pass,” Bilawal tweeted on Thursday.
The controversial anti-terror law has become the talk of the town, widely discussed and debated upon by critics and opposition members, saying it gives sweeping powers to security agencies to infringe the fundamental rights of the citizens guaranteed under the constitution. Opposition parties have vowed to stop the legislation from being passed into a law without significant amendments.
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) also slammed the legislation on Thursday, tabling a resolution in the Sindh Assembly against it. “The MQM rejects the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance. We will continue to protest against this black law as long as our workers are alive,” MQM chief Altaf Hussain said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Senator Farhatullah Babar of the PPP said that the bill was under the review of the Senate, and that his party would try to amend the law. He said that if the law was passed while retaining its current shape, it would provide legal cover to enforced disappearances, and that extra-judicial killings would become a norm.
Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi had said that the law would turn Pakistan into a police state. “We have decided to take this law to court and challenge its anti-human-rights stance.”
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