ISLAMABAD: National Assembly on Tuesday referred “The Torture, Custodial Death and Custodial Rape (Prevention and Punishment Bill, 2014)” to the concerned committee.
The Bill was moved by Maiza Hameed which provides for the prevention of all acts of torture, custodial death and custodial rape perpetrated by public servants or any person acting in an official capacity and for the protection of citizens of Pakistan and of all other persons from such acts.
According to statement of objects and reasons: Pakistan signed the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, inhuman and Degrading treatment or punishment in 2008, and thereafter ratified it in 2010.
Ratification of the Convention requires enabling legislation to reflect the definition and punishment for ‘torture’.
Although some provisions relating to the matter exist in the Pakistan Penal Code, they neither define ‘torture’ as clearly as in Article 1 of the said convention, nor deem it is criminal offence as called for by Article 4 of the said convention.
Under the circumstances, it is necessary after the ratification of the Convention that domestic laws of our state are brought in conformity with the convention.
Furthermore, it is incumbent upon the Federal Government to implement international conventions and treaties by virtue of items No. 3 and 32 of the federal Legislative list under the constitution of Pakistan 1973.
Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari presented the first periodical report of the Standing Committee on the performance of Foreign Affairs for the period December 2013-june 2014 in the House.
Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari appreciated the performance of the members of the committee. He said that report had been prepared only in six moths.
Dr Nafisa Shah bill to further to amend the civil servants Act 1973 [The civil servants (Amendment) bill 2014] referred to the concerned committee for further deliberation.
Opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said PPP government had passed 137.