ISLAMABAD: The Senate today passed the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 aimed at protecting court officials and witnesses. Defence Minister Khawaja Asif piloted the bill to further amend the Pakistan Army Act, in the Senate, which was passed with a majority vote.

Also, Senator Farhatullah Babar called for circulation of the proposed bill to gauge public opinion, but his suggestion was turned down by the government.

Babar was of the view that the proposed Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2015 was conflicting with the recent judgment of the Supreme Court.

Babar said, “The practice of military courts pronouncing death penalty against unnamed accused via unnamed judges sitting at an undisclosed location is against the requirement of adequate procedural safeguards.”

 “The issue is regarding the parameters within which these courts will be allowed to function,” he added.

The Senate also unanimously passed a resolution expressing complete solidarity with religious minorities in the country.