President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday signed Protection by Pakistan Bill 2014 into law, empowering Pakistan’s law-enforcement authorities to effectively counter the actions of terrorists across the land.
The Senate and National Assembly have already gone past the measure unanimously.
The measure provides for protection against waging of war or insurrection against Pakistan and prevention of acts threatening the security of the nation.
The law provides unusual powers to the army and law-enforcing institutions for operations against those involved in terrorism, money extortion and other crimes.
The law, valid for two years, comes to effect immediately following the signatures of the President.