Opp blocks passage of Protection of Pakistan Ordinance

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior failed to approve the controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) due to stringent opposition by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and JUI-F on Wednesday.
An in-camera session of the committee was held with PML-N MNA Rana Shamim Ahmed Khan in chair at Parliament House. The opposition parties strongly objected to the passage of PPO in the existing form and sought more time to study some changes the government had brought in it before it sails through the committee. They pointed out that the government wanted to get the bill passed in haste, which would not be good because various provisions in the PPO are of draconian nature that would usurp the fundamental rights of the citizens. A member of the committee told Daily Times after the meeting that all the opposition parties were in unison that the PPO should be discussed thoroughly and made into a legislation that would help to combat terrorism rather than harassing the common man. The committee members also protested over the absence of the interior minister and interior secretary, seeing it tantamount to disgracing the sovereignty of parliament. The National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) coordinator briefed the committee about the internal security situation of the country.

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