Pakistani MPs pass security bill amid angry scenes

Legislation will allow for arrest without warrant and 90 days' detention; opposition accuses government of setting up "police state".

Pakistani MPs pass security bill amid angry scenes

World Bulletin / News Desk

Pakistani MPs have passed a controversial bill which will allow the country's security forces to arrest people without a warrant and detain them for 90 days without judicial process.

The proposal, known as the Tahaffuz e Pakistan (Security of Pakistan) bill, was passed on Monday with a simple majority as angry opposition members tore copies of the legislation and shouted anti-government slogans.

Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah called the bill "arbitrary" and said it would turn the country into a police state. The government has said the controversial bill needed to be passed to boost Pakistan's fragile law and order situation.

The oppsition has vowed to block the bill in the country's Senate, where it has a majority.

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 10:04
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