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Senate passes honour-killing bill

ISLAMABAD – The government pushed a bill against honour killings through the Senate on December 7, amid an opposition walkout but promised to consider opposition amendments to improve the law in the future. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, amending the Pakistan Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code and prescribes up to the death penalty […]


PFUJ, Apnec reject ordinances

QUETTA – A joint meeting of the federal executive council of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist and the national executive council of the All Pakistan Newspapers Employees Confederation (Apnec) rejected on December 5, the proposed Access to Information Ordinance and the Press Council Ordinance and appealed to members of parliament to incorporate into the […]


Removal of flaws in honour killing bill

ISLAMABAD – Opposition senators on December 3, pointed out several ‘loopholes’ in the honour killing bill and demanded that the legislation should be referred to the standing committee for improvement. Taking part in the debate on the bill, which has been introduced to amend the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure […]


Honour killing bill termed defective

ISLAMABAD – The Citizens Action Group has rejected the Honour Killing bill passed by the National Assembly on October 26, terming it defective and incomplete. The rejection came during a press conference on October 29. Speaking on the occasion, Kishwar Naheed, Dr Mohammad Farooq Khan and Naeem Mirza of Aurat Foundation said the bill neither […]


Ibad praises passage of bill on Karo-kari

KARACHI – Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan said on October 28, that the passage of the bill on honour killing would have a reformative impact on the social fabric of Sindh , where once action against karo-kari was regarded as a social good but is now being considered as a social evil. “The passage […]


PPP deplores govt bill on Karo-kari

KARACHI – Deploring the passage of the government bill on honour killing, the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians on October 27, alleged that it amounted to condoning the horrible act. Speaking at a news conference at the Karachi Press Club, PPP MNA Sherry Rehman raised objections to the bill on honour killing presented by the government […]


NA approves death for Karo-Kari

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly in Islamabad on October 26, passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2004 providing severe punishments for those involved in Karo-Kari. The killing of a woman on the pretext of honour has been declared murder punishable with death penalty. However, the government did not agree to the demand of certain quarters […]


Honour killing law tightened

ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly adopted on October 26, a bill enhancing punishment for ‘honour crimes’, including ‘karo kari’, as the combined opposition continued its noisy protests and boycotted the proceedings. The assembly was later prorogued. The law increases punishment for crimes related to honour killing to life imprisonment or death. The legislation fixed for […]


Lacunas in ‘honour’ killings bill: Citizens’ body

ISLAMABAD – A citizens group working against ‘honour’ killings has welcomed the passage of a bill on ‘honour’ killings by the National Assembly on October 26. In a statement issued in Islamabad on October 26, the Citizens’ Action Group Against ‘Honour’ Killings (CAGAHK) said it is the first time that the National Assembly has even […]


Govt fails to get karo-kari bill passed

ISLAMABAD – The government on Monday failed to get a bill seeking to enhance punishment for ‘honour killing’ passed in the National Assembly because it could not maintain quorum. A clause-by-clause reading was completed, though, and only a vote remained to be taken. The bill was piloted by the government to counter a more comprehensive […]


Opposition rejects honour killing bill

ISLAMABAD – The opposition leaders belonging to the Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) and the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) have rejected the bill on honour killing, tabled by the government on Monday, and condemned the government for “bulldozing” every piece of legislation in parliament. Speaking at a news conference after a boycott of the […]


Bill against honour killing presented

ISLAMABAD – The government on October 21, presented in the National Assembly a bill on honour killing, seeking to amend the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860 , and enhance punishment for the offence in order to consequently eradicate the menace of murders carried out in the name of honour. The level of police investigation in cases […]


Bill on honour killing to be passed soon

ISLAMABAD – A law on honour killing would be passed soon to help control the crime, said Wasi Zafar, the federal law minister. “The Law Ministry would submit its report to the standing committee of the parliament. As soon as the report is submitted, we shall formally move the bill and voting will take place […]


Bill to amend press laws tabled in NA

ISLAMABAD – A bill to amend the Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Ordinance, 2002, was presented in the National Assembly in Islamabad on October 18. Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed introduced “The Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration (Amendment) Bill 2004” to the house. The speaker referred the bill to the standing […]