Critics of Pakistan’s armed forces to face jail time, Rs500,000 superb underneath new invoice

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The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior meets for a session in Islamabad, Pakistan. Geo Urdu/Files
  • National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior passes invoice submitted by PTI lawmaker Amjad Ali Khan.
  • Critics of Pakistan’s armed forces to face two years in jail, superb value as much as Rs500,000 or each, as per new legal legislation modification invoice.
  • The committee’s chairperson, Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz of the PTI, broke the 5-5 vote tie by voting in favour of the invoice.
  • “Criticism in good faith should not be misunderstood. Why are they being made sacred cows,” the lawmakers in opposition to the invoice argued.

ISLAMABAD: A brand new modification invoice handed Wednesday by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior mandates that anybody who criticises the Pakistani forces might now land in jail for 2 years, together with a superb value Rs500,000 — or each.

The new legal legislation modification invoice was proposed and submitted by PTI lawmaker Amjad Ali Khan.

The last vote   was solid by Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz, who additionally belongs to the ruling get together.

Nawaz, the chairperson of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior, broke the 5-5 vote tie by voting in favour of the proposed invoice, which was consequently handed with a majority.

During deliberations on the proposed laws, leaders of the PPP and PML-N had argued in opposition to it. Syed Agha Rafiullah of the PPP, in addition to the PML-N’s Marriyum Aurangzeb and Chaudhry Nadeem Abbas Rebaira, stated it might be used in opposition to freedom of expression within the nation.

They additional argued that the federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had voted in opposition to the invoice although the remaining three provinces have been but to take action.

“We stand strong with our institutions. However, criticism in good faith should not be misunderstood. Why are they being made sacred cows,” they stated.

Pakistan’s armed forces and their personnel could be free from any deliberate ridicule, insult, and defamation underneath the legal legislation modification invoice.

Those who accomplish that could be punishable underneath Section 500A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), with punishment together with jail time of two years, a superb of as much as Rs500,000 or each.

Critics of the Pakistani armed forces would face trial in a civil courtroom, in response to the legal legislation modification invoice.

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