Groundbreaking : PM Approves Recommendations To Amend PPC Criminalizing Enforced Disappearances

A mother raising the placard in a protest to demand safe recovery of her missing son

PM Imran Khan has approved recommendations to amend Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) declaring ‘enforced disappearances’ as a criminal offence. The draft has been prepared after consultation with all the stakeholders and sent to the law ministry.

The groundbreaking development came this Tuesday, during a meeting pertaining to GSP Plus (Generalised System of Preference) in the federal capital, Islamabad.  State Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Minister Human Rights Shireen Mazari and other key officials were also present in the meeting.

PM Imran Khan was informed about the gravity of the situation and that law in needed against the human rights crisis, declaring enforced disappearances a criminal offence. It was said that it is ‘need of the hour’ and necessary amendments are needed in PPC to address this issue.

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“We are committed to ensuring rule of law and protection of fundamental rights of our citizens guaranteed in the Constitution. Moreover, the ministry has constituted a committee, comprising ministers for interior, law and justice and human rights, to look into the procedural delays and flaws in the existing system of pardon and mercy petitions. In this regard, we have prepared reforms and the summary has been forwarded to the cabinet for consideration of proposals to shorten the procedure of mercy petition”
– Dr Mazari said.
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