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Cabinet Approves Waiving Death Penalty For Suspects Extradited From The EU

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The federal cabinet has approved a proposed amendment to the Pakistan Penal Code under which death penalty will no longer be applicable on suspects extradited from the EU and other countries, Express Tribune reports.

“In order to remove a hurdle in the way of extradition of politically influential people from the EU, the federal cabinet approved to amend the section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code of 1860,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told members of the media.

Chaudhry said that the amendment would help in extradition of certain individuals, including Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) former chief Altaf Hussain, former finance minister Ishaq Dar and Hussain Nawaz and Hasan Nawaz – sons of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

Many people could not be extradited from the EU as its laws prevent extradition to countries that have capital punishment, he added. However, the minister did not explain whether the government planned to pass the amendment through a presidential ordinance or by presenting a bill in parliament.

The cabinet also approved a measure giving provincial counter terrorism departments the authority to look into money laundering cases. The minister said that the move was in anticipation of further cases likely to be opened against the leaders of major political parties. “The cases they have been facing were made before the PTI government. Now we are going to open more cases against them on the basis of our own investigations.”




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