The Joint Session of Parliament has approved the Mutual Legal Assistance Amendment Bill 2020.
According to details, the joint sitting of the parliament approved the Mutual Legal Assistance Amendment Bill 2020 while the bill was approved by a majority vote.
Thirteen of the 26 clauses of the Mutual Legal Assistance Bill were passed, including amendments to the PPP and PML-N, while JUI, Jamaat-e-Islami and independent members opposed the bill.
It may be recalled that the bill has been introduced by Interior Minister Ijaz Shah in a joint sitting of Parliament.
According to the text of the bill, the Mutual Legal Assistance Bill will not apply to matters of a political nature.
What is the Mutual Legal Assistance Bill?
According to the Mutual Legal Assistance Criminal Matters Bill 2020, if a person is extradited in violation of Pakistani and international human rights, he cannot be extradited. In this regard, the authority will submit a report to the Assembly and Senate every six months.
Parliamentary oversight of the law will be required every six months and the purpose of this law is to seek legal assistance from other countries in criminal matters and to provide the same legal assistance to other countries and once the law is passed, Pakistan will be able to provide legal assistance to other countries. ۔
Under the law, Pakistan will be able to seek legal assistance from another country or from another country, including the location of witnesses, suspects, culprits or criminals, or their identities.
Presentation of documents and evidence, obtaining a search warrant for search of evidence for investigation in a case, foreclosure of property under investigation, the person assisting can be called to Pakistan.
The information of a person who has a service provider can also be shared with another country, the enactment of this bill will benefit Pakistan in the case of FATF.