ISLAMABAD: The Senate unanimously passed “The National Commission for Human Rights Bill, 2012”, paving way for a National Human Rights Commission, DawnNews reported on Friday.
The bill was passed during a meeting of the upper house chaired by Farooq H Naek.
According to the bill, no intelligence agency will be able to detain any citizen illegally. The bill will also empower the commission to survey any jail or secrets prisons to check for illegal confinements.
It also states that the armed forces and intelligence agencies will be answerable to the commission and parliament.
The bill also restricts foreign funding for NGOs without approval.
The National Assembly had also passed a bill for the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission on December 21, 2011. Prime Minister’s advisor Mustafa Nawaz Khokar, who moved the bill, said that the bill would serve as a driving force to negate the propaganda of the violation of human rights in Pakistan.
Pakistan in pursuance of the United Nations General Assembly resolution was under obligation to establish independent national human rights institutions.