• Does any friend has full info on the " fair trial bill". I just read in the jang. It says that any body can be arrested and searched by intelligence agencies WITHOUT WARRANT and their phone record can be checked by them. Isn't it interference with the people's rights and their privacy. Pl. comment.

  • As if our agencies needed any bill to arrest any person... its funny.

  • @Ghost Protocol

    Not only our agencies, but almost whole world agencies, don't bother to get or present search warrent.

  • ایک جمہوری ، لبرل ، سیکولر، عوامی اور جدید حکومت ہونے کی دعویدار سے ایسے کسی بل کا پیش ہونا اور پھر اس کو تمام تراعتراضات کو نظر انداز کر کے فوجیوں کو خوش کرنے کیلئے جلدی سے قانون سازی کرنا نہایت افسوسناک ہے

    کل کو یہی قانون پی پی پی اور دوسری سیاسی قوتوں کے گلے کا پھندا بنے گا تو تب ہوش ٹھکانے آئین گیں

    Its not FAIR TRIAL BILL rather it is FEAR TRIAL BILL

    ف ج

  • It is sheer violation of Universal Human Rights.

    However, in civilized societies, during time of war army is given extraordinary powers and such bills are introduced but Pakistan is not civilized.Agencies will use it for their ulterior motives.

  • Pakistan's Patriot Act, Hope it helps fight terrorism and not abused by the agencies.

    President Zardari signs Fair Trial Bill 2012 into law

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari signed the Fair Trial Bill 2012 into law on Wednesday, which empowers Pakistan’s spy agencies to intercept private communications in order to catch terrorists.

    Under the new law, intelligence and law enforcement agencies will now be able to tap phone calls, emails, SMS, internet communication and conduct human intelligence of any individual on suspicion of their involvement in terrorist activities. The evidence collected through such surveillance will also be admissible in a court of law, subject to issuance of prior surveillance warrants by a judge.

    The bill, which was originally passed in December 2012, had triggered a controversy after certain quarters felt that the wire-tapping powers would threaten privacy and civil liberties.

    However, the Senate unanimously passed the ordinance on February 1 despite objections from both the opposition as well as government allies.

    Earlier, the bill had been contested by sections of the civil society that view this bill as a fundamental compromise on the civil liberties of Pakistani citizens.

    The president also signed the Trade Organisation Bill 2012 today.

    The bill aims to ensure appropriate representation of all genders at all levels in trade organisations.


  • A good discussion on the topic.


  • It would be a miracle if our intelligence agencies deliver something. During the time of dictator, we were developing some telephone monitoring equipments for the agencies. The IB (Intelligence Bureau) gave us their multichannel tape recorder for compatibility testing. Funny thing was that the packing of a magnetic tape contained a list of politician names with telephone numbers, IB was supposed to listen to. What you can expect from the people with that level of diligence.

    Note: These days the telephones are monitored though a software switch, that makes a third leg of a call to the listening agency before connecting the parties. Because of cheap hard disks and the ubiquity of caller ID, trunk/bulk or back bone recording is also common.