Senate passes Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2020, UNSC (Amendment) Bill 2020
ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Thursday passed “The Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Bill, 2020” and “The United Nations (Security Council) (Amendment) Bill, 2020”.
The bills were moved by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan.
Earlier, Chairman Standing Committee of the Upper House on Law and Justice Javed Abbasi presented reports on these bills.
Speaking on the occasion, he said the opposition was not against legislation related to Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to fulfill Pakistan’s international obligations. He said Opposition’s only concern was that no legislation can be used against the citizens of Pakistan.
Javed Abbasi thanked the law minister and the government side for incorporating amendments proposed by the Opposition for the legislation.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked the Senate members for approving the legislation related to the FATF and foiling the Indian designs to push Pakistan towards FATF’s blacklist.
Speaking on floor of the House, he said Pakistan had undertaken this legislation in compliance of its obligations to implement International Court of Justice’s judgment in Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
Regarding issuance of International Court of Justice (Review and Re-consideration) Ordinance, 2020, the foreign minister said it was also a step to fulfill Pakistan’s international obligations. He dispelled the impression that any concession had been granted to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav by making new laws.
Shah Mahmood expressed the confidence that after this legislation Pakistan will come out of the FATF grey list as it has fulfilled all the requirements in this respect.
Minister for Law Farogh Naseem has congratulated the nation over passage of two important bills related to FATF in the Senate on Thursday.
In a video message, he said this legislation will help us meet the deadline of FATF.