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Anti-Terrorism Ordinance 2013 not passed by NA committee

ISLAMABAD: Anti-Terrorism Ordinance 2013 could not be passed by the Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Internal Affairs on Wednesday, while the meeting of the committee has been called on Monday again – ARY News reports.

According to details, the meeting of the committee was chaired by Rana Shamim Ahmed in which MQM and JUIF members expressed their reservations on the clause which mentions 90 days' custody of the arrested suspects by the law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

Meanwhile, PTI and PPP demanded to clarify the rank of the head of joint investigation team (JIT) and also to include the condition of a full quorum for the session of the committee, in the bill.

When voting was held on the bill, only 6 out of 13 members of the Standing Committee favored the bill.

MQM member, Asif Hasnain stated that it is against the human rights to give a person into custody of any of the security agencies for 90 days. He demanded to present the arrested suspect before the court within 15 days, with his medical certificate.

On this occasion, State Minister on Interior, Baleeg ur Rahman told that the Anti Terrorism Act is the most important bill for the national interest.

Moreover, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) National Coordinator, Amir Khwaja told the committee if bill does not pass by February 20, then Pakistan shall be black-listed from the International Task Force.

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