NA: NA passes fair trial bill 2012

Islamabad: The National Assembly Thursday unanimously passed “The Investigation for Fair Trial Bill, 2012”. The bill moved by Law Minister Farooq H. Naek provides for investigation and collection of evidence by means of modern techniques and devices to prevent and effectively deal with scheduled offences.

It will also regulate the powers of the law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Under this bill all the law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be governed by a uniform legal system for collection of evidence, which will be admissible even if collected prior to the registration of an FIR.

This would provide a legal framework to the agencies to lawfully conduct the surveillance of an individual who is suspected of engaging of preparations to conduct an act of crime or terror.

This bill will render necessary assistance in successful prosecution of perpetrators of such crimes.

When came into effect, the law will prevent the arbitrary use and abuse of interception powers particularly by the intelligence agencies and force them to abide by the law.

It will encourage all investigating including intelligence agencies to only collect genuine evidence in accordance with law and curb the temptation of planting false and fabricated evidences against individuals in violation of their human rights and civil liberties.

Leader of Opposition Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said keeping in view the current security situation in the country, we are supporting the very objectives of the bill.

He, however, regretted that the concerned standing committee did not hold threadbare discussion on the bill.

Thanking the government for incorporating most of its amendments in the bill, he suggested a monitoring mechanism should be established to oversee the implementation of this legislation.

Federal Minister Syed Naveed Qamar said this legislation is required to bring to justice the terrorists who often get released due to lack evidences. He said effort has been made that nobody could misuse this law.

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