Dra­co­nian laws

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL -

The re­cently passed Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Law gives po­lice the au­thor­ity to de­tain ter­ror­ist sus­pects for 60 days with­out an FIR or bail. The po­lice can even shoot a sus­pect at sight. In a coun­try where the po­lice is al­leged to be cor­rupt and un­re­li­able, what form this law can take is dif­fi­cult to imag­ine. To give such un­bri­dled free­dom to the law en­force­ment agen­cies can have har­row­ing con­se­quences.

The gov­ern­ment needs to re­al­ize that the po­lice don’t be­lieve in the say­ing that with great re­spon­si­bil­ity comes great power. There is a great chance that the power vested in the law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties will be mis­used. Hence, the gov­ern­ment should first fil­ter its forces and in­duct per­son­nel with a cred­itable rep­u­ta­tion for the pro­tec­tion of the peo­ple.

Nabeel Baig

Karachi, Pak­istan

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