The federal cupboard has permitted to amend a law to waive the death penalty for the accused men and women to be extradited from the European Union (EU) and given provincial counter-terrorism departments (CTDs) the powers to analyze money laundering cases.
The CTDs have been so empowered in a bid to satisfy situations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that might hold a 2d overview of the implementation of its 27-point movement plan next month.
The Asia Pacific Group (APG) – a FATF-fashion regional body – had declared a lack of energy to probe money laundering cases as a critical deficiency in Pakistani laws.
“To take away a hurdle in the way of extradition of politically influential human beings from the EU, the federal cupboard approved to amend the phase 302 of Pakistan Penal Code [PPC] of 1860,” stated Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry while briefing the media.
He stated the selection to waive the death penalty would help in extradition of the 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.
Chaudhry stated the EU legal guidelines bar extradition of people to the nations that have capital punishment.
“Many people couldn’t be extradited from the EU because of loss of life penalty in Pakistan,” he brought.
Segment 302 of the PPC says whoever commits premeditated homicide shall be punished with death as qisas [retaliation in kind]; punished with demise or imprisonment for existence as ta’zir [penalty] having regard to the statistics and occasions of the case.
The minister did now not make clear whether or not the authorities would promulgate a presidential ordinance or gift a bill in parliament to amend the PPC of 1860. In case it takes the parliament’s path, it’s going to take months before the amendment is handed.
He said that it allows you to fulfill the FATF requirements. The federal cabinet is also accredited to offer provincial counter-terrorism departments powers to sign up money laundering instances underneath the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2010.
The minister also found out his authorities’ intentions to check in cases against the Sharif family’s contributors and previous president Asif Ali Zardari.