PM Imran orders ministry to table anti-torture bill in 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.
I have asked Interior Ministry to expedite tabling our anti torture bill in National Assembly. Torture is unacceptable in a civilised democratic society & goes against the spirit of Islam, our constitution & our international legal commitments.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 3, 2020
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.
میں نے وزارت داخلہ کو جسمانی اذیت کیخلاف ہمارےمسودہ قانون کوقومی اسمبلی میں پیش کرنےکاعمل تیزبنانےکی ہدایات دی ہیں۔ کسی بھی مہذب جمہوری معاشرے میں جسمانی اذیت کی قطعاً کوئی گنجائش نہیں۔ یہ اسلام کی روح سےمتصادم، آئینِ پاکستان اور ان عالمی قانونی معاہدوں کیخلاف ہےجس کا ہم حصہ ہیں۔— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 3, 2020
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.