Senate reject government draft of anti-terrorism law

Pukhtun Nama Web News

The Pakistani government has failed to get a bill from the Senate on anti-terrorism legislation, and the Senate has overwhelmingly rejected the bill, which the government had approved in the National Assembly the day before.

On Wednesday, the government presented a draft of amendments to the Anti-Terrorism Law to the Senate, with 31 members voting in favor and 34 against.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly had approved the draft law by a majority of votes.

The draft amendment to the Prevention of Terrorism Act is part of the government’s efforts to avoid sanctions imposed by the Financial Action Task Force FATF.

In this draft law of change, the government wants the investigating officer in each case to have the authority to determine the amount used for terrorist purposes using certain techniques for up to two months with the permission of the court.

These techniques include covert operations, communications detection, and computer system evaluation.

The draft stipulates that if the investigating officer does not find out all this within two months, the court may seek permission for an extension of two months.

A joint session of Pakistan’s Senate and National Assembly has been convened today to legislate on the FATF, and Pakistani media say the government will approve the bill in a joint sitting of parliament.

Pakistan is currently on the FATF’s gray list, and analysts say that unless the country takes concrete steps to curb money laundering and terrorist financing, Pakistan’s name will be added to the blacklist.