What is Unpardonable Sin: 124(A) Pakistan Penal Code

It is a borrowed law from the colonial era, it was for natives who had to be kept under control least they incited rebelling against the masters.
Now, this is to crush the political dissent being applied with increasing regularity and to make citizens submit to unquestionable obedience. It had an apparent usage as revenge, an unreasonable demand.

The democratic instability, political immaturity, and deterioration of democratic norms had uplifted and invoked slavery in the form of different apolitical tactics. It had put a prescription of custodial torture and threats. All these actions contravene the Constitution, the laws of the land and fundamental human rights.

Policies in the name of security, peace and stability had been exaggerated to the level of sedition. The political policies and discourse are ambiguous at all levels. Policymaking is essentially frozen and has been lacking truth and justice.

India in neighboring had abolished this fossilized law in 1962– a pure democratic move by their legislation. Treasury and opposition need to close ranks and put a united front to uproot the legislative infrastructure. This is peremptory to reanimate and pave the way for political sturdiness.

It is an onslaught and brazen interference of law into law to violate its strength and order of implementation. However, more than ‘thoughts and prayers what is required now is action.

Written by Hafiz Tariq Saleem, Lecturer in English Literature at the Government Associate College Dhoke Syedan, Rawalpindi Cantonment (Pakistan)

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