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A bill aiming to penalise the intentional ridiculing and defaming of the armed forces was introduced in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was introduced in
the House by PTI MNA Amjad Ali Khan.

It proposes amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and the
Code of Criminal Procedure. Deliberately mocking, defaming or insulting the
armed forces or any of its members is termed a criminal act under this bill.

It proposes a two-year jail term or Rs500,000 fine or both
as punishment for it.

The purpose of this amendment is to prevent hatred and
disrespectful behaviour against the armed forces.

Abdul Gh Lone