Islamabad: The controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) was presented in the Senate amid strong protests on Friday. Federal minister Zahid Hamid presented the bill during Friday’s session presided over by Deputy Chairperson Sabir Baloch.
On this occasion, major opposition parties including Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Awami National Party (ANP), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) protested against the ordinance. PPP Senator Raza Rabbani labelled the bill as a “black law” and said that it exploits fundamental human rights.
The ordinance was sent to the standing committee on interior for review. As per the ordinance, the security institutions will be able to exercise unquestionable powers of arrest and detention for 90 days. The ruling PML-N is of the view that PPO has been promulgated to strengthen the legal and practical framework to fight terrorists and criminal elements harming the country.