On Thursday, Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the new proposed amendment to the bill, which criticizes Pakistan’s armed forces, could be cited.
Although Chaudhry does not name the bill in his Twitter post, his remarks came a day after the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Admissions passed.
Under the proposed amendment, critics of the Pakistan Armed Forces will face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to Rs. 500,000.
Introduced by PTI lawyer Amjad Ali Khan, the bill was passed by a majority. Raja Khurram Shehzad Nawaz, chairperson of the standing committee, broke the 5-5 vote tie by voting in favor of the proposed bill.
Chaudhry’s tweet came in response to a post by senior journalist Mazhar Abbas today, which said that while criticizing civil democracy in Pakistan, criticizing an independent parliament, criticizing independent politicians, and criticizing the media. For freely, the rest has been discussed. “National interest”.
The minister wrote in response: “It is ridiculous to blame criticism, to earn respect, not to impose it on people. I feel strongly instead. [such new] Laws, contempt laws should be repealed. “
Later, Human Rights Minister Shirin Mazari supported Fawad Chaudhry’s views.
“I totally agree. I can’t say enough,” he wrote.
The bill, currently titled Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2020, currently states: “Anyone who defames a person can be sentenced to simple imprisonment for up to two years, or a fine or both.”
According to the proposed amendment, which would come under Section 500-A of the Pakistan Penal Code: “Anyone who deliberately mocks or defames the Pakistan Armed Forces or its members is a criminal.” Will be sentenced. For a period which may be extended for two years, or a fine which may be extended up to five hundred thousand rupees, or both. “