Senate passes National Counter Terrorism Authority bill

Islamabad: The Senate Wednesday passed “The National Counter Terrorism Authority Bill, 2013”. The bill provides for the establishment of National Counter Terrorism Authority in Pakistan. The bill has already been passed by the National Assembly.

The bill was moved by Law Minister Farooq H. Naek. He said Prime Minister will be the chairman of the Authority. Earlier, Raza Rabbani while giving his objection on some clauses of the bill said the Board of Governors has been made quite heavy and would require presence of all members for passing any crucial policy.

He said the basic purpose of the creation of this Authority is to facilitate in sharing and exchange of intelligence between various national and provincial bodies.

The House also unanimously passed “The Election Laws Amendment Bill, 2013”. The bill provides to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1976 LXXXV of 1976 and the Conduct of General Elections Order, 2002 Chief Executive’s Order No. 7 of 2002. It was moved by Leader of the Opposition Muhammad Ishaq Dar.