ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a controversial Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) amid a massive opposition boycott.
The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) led government no tonly passed the bill without opposition members presence but also discarded all amendments suggested by opposition.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) all opposed the bill.
Most of the opposition members walked out of the House but a few members from MQM and JUI-F who moved their amendments earlier, were rejected by the House with a majority vote.
The opposition members continued chanting slogans and protesting in front of the Speaker’s dice when the House was voting on the bill.
Talking to media outside the House, MQM leader Farooq Sattar termed the ordinance a ‘Black Law’.
PTI’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the PML-N has passed the bill as they have a majority in the house but the sad fact is that they have discarded all our suggestions.
While the largest party in the opposition, Pakistan People Party (PPP) leader Khursheed Shah said said that that since the bill was of utter importance, it should not (have been) be passed in such haste, without any debate; but rather after mutual consensus.
He wanted opposition be taken into confidence about such features of the controversial bill as arresting people for 90 days without warrants by forcing into their homes, besides killing anyone.