WEB DESK – The Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s provincial lawmaker of Sindh has tabled a resolution in Sindh Assembly terming Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)’s proposed Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) as ‘black law’.
The Sindh’s lawmaker Izharul Hasan presented a resolution on Tuesday that opposed the PPO in the strongest words.
In his speech, Hasan said under the law a common man will not be authorized to approach the court for justice. “This law is against the Constitution and deprives people of their basis human rights,” he added.
MQM holds reservation over the suspicious arrest of its party workers from Karachi. MQM also believes that on-going targeted operation in Karachi has been targeting only its party workers.
Currently, MQM reportedly had reached close to broke a deal in order to join Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s led Sindh government. However, last year during the presidential elections, MQM supported the PML-N’s backed candidate Mamnoon Hussain.
The PPO 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.