ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan has geared up its efforts in getting the Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO) passed by the Parliament for making it a law, whilst the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also written a letter to various parties in this regard, yet the ordinance is being opposed by political, religious and non-government organizations – ARY News reports.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif wrote a letter to the political and religious parties of the country, in which he urged the leaders of these parties to support the ordinance in getting approved by the Parliament.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUIF), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and various other parties have already rejected the PPO.
Other than these parties, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and families of the missing persons have expressed their serious concerns over the ordinance. The ordinance was labeled as a black law and the missing persons families alleged that it will be used for safeguarding the ones responsible of Baloch people found missing.
According to these families, the ordinance permits military and other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel to arrest anybody accused of anti-state activities on the basis of doubt, without any authentic evidence against him and an arrest warrant.
Some of the people alleged that the law can also be used as a tool of political victimization; it has also been challenged in the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan.
However, the Government has a stance that unusual circumstances do require unusual legislations like the PPO, in order to safeguard the country.