PM Imran orders ministry to table anti-torture bill in National Assembly

By: News Desk      Published: 11:29 AM, 3 Sep, 2020
PM Imran orders ministry to table anti-torture bill in National Assembly

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered the Ministry of Interior to fast-track the process for tabling a bill against torture in the National Assembly.

In a tweet posted on Thursday morning, the prime minister said the menace of torture is unacceptable in a civilised society and it also goes against the spirit of Islam. “It is against our Constitution and other international legal commitments,” Imran Khan added.

Earlier in January, the Ministry of Human Rights had said that it would present a bill against torture. Minister for Human rights Dr Shireen Mazari had maintained that the federal government’s commitment to making the police citizen-centric and gender-sensitive by resolving legislative, infrastructural and attitudinal challenges of the police.

She had also committed to depoliticize the police by introducing a merit-based system and a modern police law replacing 157 years old colonial law of 1861.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, the prime minister directed the relevant authorities to make arrangements for the early release of female prisoners both under-trial and convicted in light of the Supreme Court’s orders.

He said the decision to implement the Supreme Court’s Order 299/2020 was taken after consultation with Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan and eminent lawyer Barrister Ali Zafar.