ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly has passed the most important bill to exchange information and criminals with other countries to meet the requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
According to a local Newspaper, opposition parties initially challenged Speaker Assad Qaiser’s rolling of an oral vote to submit a bill to parliamentary affairs and tried to block the passage of the bill, but later the bill was passed by 87/83 votes.
After that 4 minor amendments were made to the bill and 2 of them were added to the bill.
As soon as the meeting came to the floor to introduce the Mutual Legal Assistance Bill 2019, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Syed Naveed Qamar claimed the bill was a violation of basic rights of Pakistani citizens.
Naveed Qamar further said that other countries do not comply with the request of the Pakistani government to hand over the required accused because there is the impression that the cases in Pakistan are made on a political basis.
The PML-N parliamentary’s view in this regard was that the passage of this bill would compromise national integrity.
Under the aforementioned law, the government may request a country to look into the provisions, documents and evidence attached to the location and identity of the perpetrators, criminals, suspects and witnesses.
In addition, through this bill, the government may, through legal proceedings, freeze or seize any property that relates to a legal proceeding or investigation conducted in that country.