Attempted suicide is no longer punishable in Pakistan after President Alvi approves amendment
The decision was also announced on the President's official Twitter account.
Attempted suicide is no longer punishable in Pakistan. This came after President Arif Alvi assented to the repeal of the penalty for attempted suicide.
The decision was also announced on the President’s official Twitter account.
بل کے ذریعے بیرونی سرمایہ کاری ( فروغ و تحفظ) ایکٹ 2022 کے سیکشن ایک میں ترمیم کی گئی ہے
صدر مملکت نے دونوں بل آئین کے آرٹیکل 75 کے تحت منظور کیے
— The President of Pakistan (@PresOfPakistan) December 23, 2022
The leader approved the Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2022, and the Foreign Investment (Promotion and Protection) Amendment Bill 2022. Section 325 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), which handled the conviction for attempted suicide, was also overturned by the Criminal Laws Bill.
Suicide attempts are no longer punishable
Suicide attempts are no longer punishable by the law after the amendment made by the President. Prior to this, the act stipulated that whoever tried to commit suicide and does any act leading to the commission of such an ‘offense,’ is to be punished with jail time or a fine. The imprisonment could extend to one year, with a fine imposed as well. The bill was introduced by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and was opposed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI).
President Alvi also approved the Foreign Investment (Promotion and Protection) Amendment Bill 2022, which amended Section I of the Foreign Investment (Promotion and Protection) Act 2022. The legislation guarantees protection for foreign investment in Pakistan and also paves the path for a final deal with Barrick Gold for the revival of the Reko Diq gold and copper mining project. The purpose of this amendment was to outline the scope and application of the Foreign Investment (Protection and Promotion Act) 2022.
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