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Anti-terrorism amendment bill approved

- September 05, 2012 - Updated 1618 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has approved the anti-terrorism amendment bill 2012 and the Fair Trial Act 2012.


According to the anti-terrorism amendment bill individuals and groups providing financial assistance to terrorists can be sentenced for criminal activity.


The bank accounts and assets of individuals and groups who are in contact with banned organizations can also be seized.


The bill further states that action can not only be taken against banned outfits but also those in contact with them.


The fair Trial Act was also given approval during the meeting. Under this act, evidence can be obtained via email, telephone conversations, audio, and video and from other forms. This evidence can be submitted in a court of law.


Meanwhile according to sources, the Law Ministry has been directed to take measures to ensure that the fair-trial act is not misused.


The cabinet also gave approval in principal to an increase in the number of minority seats in the national and provincial assemblies. The number of minority seats will increase by four in the National Assembly.


The legal draft of making electricity theft punishable by law was approved during the cabinet meeting as well.

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