ISLAMABAD- President Mamnoon Hussain has signed Anti Terrorism Amendment Act-2014 which entitles a police officer of grade-17 or officer of equivalent rank from armed forces and civil armed forces or duty magistrate to order to shoot.
The act has provided legal standing to federal government and civil armed forces to keep in custody for 90 days those persons found involved in terrorism, target killing, kidnapping for ransom and extortion of money.
Following the approval of the act from National Assembly and Senate and signature of the president, formal notification of the act has been issued. As per the act, the security agencies will be authorized to shoot the person only when they suspect that the respective person can cause harm to any one’s life.
It will be binding on the head of the respective law enforcement agency to hold departmental inquiry in case some one is killed or injured due to firing by any personal of security agency. Medical check up facility will be extended to the person who is taken into custody under this act.
A joint investigation team comprising armed forces, civil armed forces, intelligence agencies and police will be set up in connection with inquiry of the person taken into custody.The person who is taken into custody will be handed over to police officer of the specific police station set up in every district.
It will be binding on the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) constituted under Anti Terrorism amendment act to hold hearing of the case on day to day basis and decide the case within a week. If the case is not disposed of within a week then the matter will be brought to the notice of the Chief Justice of respective high court for further orders.
The specific screen will be used for the security of judges, witnesses and prosecutors. Video link will also be arranged for holding trial in the premises of jail. The investigation officer who conducts good investigation will be awarded prize and the concerned investigation officer will be convicted and sentenced to 2 years in prison in case any one is taken into custody under malafide intent or false allegations.
The evidence based on electronic, forensic and modern devices have been declared acceptable.The federal government has been authorized to transfer the case running in anti terrorism court from one province to other province with the consent of chief justice of the respective high court keeping in view security of judges, witnesses or prosecutors.