Highlights:

  • Imran Khan government is making law against those who criticize the Pakistani army
  • Provision of 2 years in jail and fine of Rs 5 lakh for criticism in the new bill
  • Opposition opposed the bill, said it tried to suppress freedom of expression

Islamabad
Those who criticize the army in Pakistan are now Imran Khan The government is preparing to send him to jail. Pakistan’s National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior has passed a new criminal law amendment bill on Wednesday. According to this, critics of the Pakistan Armed Forces can now face a two-year jail sentence as well as a fine of up to Rs 500000.

Imran’s party leader introduced the bill
The bill was introduced by Amjad Ali Khan, the most knowledgeable law of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Which has been approved by the committee with a majority. Standing Committee Chairman Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz voted in favor of the proposed bill and cleared the bill stuck between 5-5 votes to yes-no.

Opposition parties said attempts to suppress freedom of speech
The bill was strongly opposed by opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Syed Agha Rafiullah, Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N leader Maryam Aurangzeb and Chaudhary Nadeem Abbas Rebara. He said that it would be used to suppress freedom of expression in Pakistan.

Imran’s home state protested
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, home state of Imran Khan himself, has voted against this bill. At the same time, other states of Pakistan have not yet expressed their views on this bill. Opposition parties argue that it is against our own institutions and we stand firmly with our own institutions. He said that criticism done with good intentions should never be misunderstood. We should avoid scaring people.

Provision for two years sentence and fine of Rs 5 lakh
Under this criminal law amendment bill, will not be deliberately ridiculed, insulted and defamed against the armed forces of Pakistan and any of their personnel. Those doing so can be punished with imprisonment up to two years, a fine of up to Rs 500000 or both under Section 500A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC). In addition, critics of the Pakistani Armed Forces will face trial in civil court.

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