Senate body defers ‘Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2022

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Ijaz Kakakhel
Islamabad

The Senate Standing Committee on Narcotics Control which met here at the Parliament House on Wednesday with Senator Ejaz Choudhary in the Chair deferred the “Control of Narcotics Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021” moved by Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmed till the next meeting for further deliberation.

The bill is aimed at checking the misuse of narcotics law, and increasing the punishment (imprisonment of 10 yrs and Fine of five hundred thousand rupees) pertaining to vexatious entry, search, seizure, and arrest made by the empowered person under section 20 and section 21 of the Control of narcotics Substances Act 1997.

Senators Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tarin, Dost Muhammad Khan, Falak Naz, Rana Maqbool Ahmed, Rana Mahmood ul Hassan, Anwar Lal dean, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, and Atta ur Rehman attended the meeting. Minister for Narcotics Control, Shahzain Bugti. Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics Control Ms Humaira Ahmad, DG ANF and other concerned officials were also in attendance.

The Secretary, Ministry of Narcotics control Ms Humaira Ahmad asked the sponsor of the bill, Senator Rana Maqbool Ahmad to withdraw the bill as the empowered person if found exercising his power above the given mandate is treated as per the existing law of the Ministry.

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