The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that Pakistan Protection Ordinance (PPO), a draft counterterrorism law, threatens basic rights and freedoms..
HRW is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights.
“Pakistan’s draft counterterrorism law threatens basic rights and freedoms in violation of Pakistan’s international legal obligations,” the HRC said in its report.
The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, 2013, was approved by President Mamnoon Hussain on October 20, 2013 and the National Assembly on April 7, 2014. It now requires Senate approval by April 20 or it will expire.
Various political parties have opposed the law, describing it as violation of basic human rights.