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Text of Defamation Bill 2004

ISLAMABAD – Following is the ful1 text of the Defamation Bill 2004 passed by the National Assembly as recommended by the Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights. A Bill to amend the defamation Ordinance, 2002 the Pakistan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the […]


Controversial Defamation Bill Passed by NA

ISLAMABAD – Rejecting opposition’s objections, the ruling coalition on August 19 passed the controversial Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2004 in the National Assembly, Pakistan’s lower house of parliament. The bill is designed mainly to protect public figures from slander by enhanced punishment, including imprisonment of up to five years and/or a minimum fine of rupees one […]


MP A opposes Domestic Violence Bill

LAHORE – MMA MP A lhsanullah Waqas Monday op­posed ‘Punjab Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill’. He presented his point of view on the Bill before tHe Punjab As­sembly standing committee on Home Affairs meeting held un­der the chairmanship of Rai . Ahsan Raza Kharal. The MP A believed that the Bill would cause increase in […]


Hudood law amends rejected

The Commission for Peace and Human Development (CPHD) has rejected the pro­posed changes in a joint bill on Hudood and Blasphemy laws,referred by the National Assembly to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice. CPHD Executive Director said the amendments would not bring significant changes to the law. Source: The Nation Date:8/18/2004


Repeal of Hudood laws demanded

PESHAWAR – A civil society forum has demanded repeal of the Hudood laws, saying that their enforcement has done immense injustice to people. The Joint Action Committee, which organized a one-day seminar entitled ‘Why the Hudood Ordinances must be repealed’, described the laws as man-made and not in conformity with the injunctions of Islam. Dr […]


Proposed changes in Hudood laws in jeopardy

ISLAMABAD – The government efforts to bring about significant changes in the Hudood laws to stop their abuse against women look to be in jeopardy as the Standing Committee on Law and Justice stood vividly divided on the issue on Thursday, fearing the suggested amendments may lead to negative fallout. After the failure of the […]


CII plans to review Hudood laws

LAHORE – The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) plans to review the Hudood Ordinance of 1979, senior federal government officials told Daily Times on August 11. The CII holds its two-day meeting today (Thursday) and Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain is likely to chair the opening session. Today’s meeting will be the first meeting of […]


Govt suggests changes in Hudood, blasphemy laws

ISLAMABAD – After 25 years, the government on August 11 unfolded changes suggested in the Hudood laws under which a woman accused of Zina could not be arrested by police anymore without the permission of court and only an officer of the status of Superintendent of Police (SP) will investigate charges against her. Similarly, initial […]


Govt ready to revert to previous defamation law

LAHORE – Prime Minster Ch Shujat Hussain has clarified that the defamation law was partially amended, increasing only the period of imprisonment. He was talking to reporters after inaugurating a private TV channel Business Plus in Lahore on August 3. The prime minister said if the journalists feel threatened, the government is ready to revert […]


Honour killing will be treated as wilful murder

ISLAMABAD – The government on July 30 tabled seven bills in the National Assembly. These included bills related to honour killings, treatment of injured people, attacks on mosques and other places of worship, and the protection of coastal regime and eco-system. Advisor to the Prime Minister for Women Development and Social Welfare Nelofar Bakhtiyar tabled […]


Hudood cases to be probed by SP rank officers

LAHORE – Hudood cases will be investigated by officers of SP rank in future. This was stated by Federal Religious Affairs Minister Ijazul Haq while talking to newsmen in Lahore on July 30. He said the government was working to improve hudood and blasphemy laws. There were problems in the implementation of these laws which […]


Ruling party splits over bill on karo-kari

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on July 30 assured his coalition parliamentary group that any law not in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah would not be framed or enacted. He was responding to criticism by the members on the proposed draft bill on ‘honour killing’ while presiding over […]


MMA’s terms for backing domestic violence bill

LAHORE – The MMA has said that it has offered only conditional support to the domestic violence bill tabled by the ruling coalition’s Dr Anjum Amjad. Alliance’s MPA from Wah Cantonment, Attock, Muhammad Waqas said they opposed the involvement of police at any stage in any case lodged under the proposed law. The protection officer […]


Civil society urges govt to repeal Hudood laws

ISLAMABAD – Scholars, civil society representatives and academics in Islamabad on July 16 called for repeal of Hudood ordinances as, according to them, these laws have brought in more oppression and injustices to women and minorities. They expressed this view at a panel discussion held under the aegis of Islamabad Cultural Forum here. A unanimous […]