| GEO Pakistan|
Loudspeakers' misuse leads to one-year term, Rs5K fine; NA passes Bill
| Updated at: 1937 PST, Friday, November 05, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly on Friday passed a Bill to amend the West Pakistan Regulation and Control of Loudspeakers and Sound Amplifiers Ordinance, 1965 in its application to the Islamabad Capital Territory.
Presenting the Bill in the National Assembly, Minister of State for Interior Tasneem Qureshi said the it may be called The West Pakistan Regulation and Control of Loudspeakers and Sound Amplifiers (Amendment) Act, 2010.
It shall come into force at once. The minister said Interior Ministry holds that sectarianism is major threat to humanity and which also effects the law and order situation in the country.
Various religious leaders belonging to different sects promote their concepts by misuse of loudspeakers and resulting the violence between different sects, he said.
The Act provides a mechanism to control misuse of amplifiers and loudspeakers.
To curb this violation the punishment is required to be enhanced. In the present Ordinance the punishment was enhanced and now those who violate the Ordinance shall in addition to any other law for the time being in force, be punished with simple imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or with fine which may extend to Rs. 50,000 (fifty thousand) or with both.