A lawyer defeated PTI to challenge Protection of Pakistan Ordinance in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Isnaf (PTI) defeated by one social worker and lawyer Mehmood Akhtar Naqvi who already had moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the controversial law Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO).

Naqvi filed the petition in the apex court, stating the law violates basic human rights. Naqvi has raised several objections in his petition and said the law was formulated and passed in haste.

PakistanTribe reported on March 8, that the vice president of PTI, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said to join hands with Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) in order to challenge the controversial law passed by the National Assembly.

The ordinance was rushed through the National Assembly on April 7 despite strong resistance from the opposition benches. The government is expected to table PPO in the Senate on April 14 where opposition parties, though divided, have an overwhelming majority in the house.

The treasury benches passed the PPO on Monday, April 7, when lawmakers of all the opposition parties were demonstrating the boycott of the parliamentary session. However, after the approval of bill, the opposition benches never forgot to demonstrate their ‘legislative rights’ by tearing apart the copies of law and surrounding the National Assembly’s speaker.

The ordinance says the government may “authorize the detention of a person for a period … that shall not exceed 90 days if, in the opinion of the government, such person is acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, security, defense of Pakistan.” It also allows the government and armed forces to withhold details of where anyone detained under the order is being held.

Under the new law, suspects can be tried in ‘special courts,’ which are allowed to exclude the public from hearings and withhold details of proceedings. Anyone facing charges under the ordinance must demonstrate his or her innocence to a court—reversing the usual legal burden of proof. Security forces have also been granted powers to open fire on anyone they see committing or ‘likely to commit’ any of a list of terror-related offences.

The law also applies to suspects already in custody.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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