Despite strict laws under PPO, terrorists still can use bank accounts

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ISLAMABAD – Even after introducing the strict laws under Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would still allow an under custody terrorist to use the blocked bank account.

The Secretary Finance Munir Zia briefed the Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior on Friday that government would allow an accused terrorist to use the blocked account.

However, he maintained that only on two conditions could get him the approval to use his bank account. One, for healthcare. Second, for seeking legal assistance.

He also informed the Senators that no banned outfit would be allowed to recommence activities with a new name.

Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior’s session was presided by Senator Talha Mehmood.

Its pertinent to mention here that under the PPO, 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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