Amendment in PPO authorise police, FIA, Balochistan Levies to take action against terrorists

Pakistan on 15 April 2014
Location : Islamabad, Pakistan | Source : The Express Tribune; image source: The Express Tribune

 With a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO), the interior ministry has authorised police, Federal Investigation Agency and Balochistan Levies to take action against terrorists under the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO), Express News reported on Monday.

PPO – approved by President Mamnoon Hussain last year – is a document that declares all peace-disrupting elements as ‘enemies of the state’, and states protection of life to be the state’s top priority. Despite resistance, the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N)-led government had also presented the controversial Ordinance in the National Assembly on April 2.

According to the new amendment, joint investigation teams comprising of police, armed as well as civil forces will be formed to interrogate terrorists.

The SRO also stated that cases against terrorists can now be registered at any police station whether at the federal or provincial level. Earlier, the ordinance had a clause that said separate police stations will be designated for professional and expeditious investigations of specified crime.

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