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The National Assembly passes the Pakistan Maritime Zone Bill 2021TAZAA News

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15:33 | February 3, 2023

The National Assembly on Friday passed the Pakistan Marine Zones Bill as reported by the Standing Committee.

Ali Zahid, the Minister of Defense of the Parliament, on behalf of the Minister of Defense Khawaja Muhammad Asif, forwarded the bill to the House of Representatives.

The Bill’s statement of objects and reasons states that the Territorial Water Zone Act (TWMZ) of 1976, as amended in 1997, is now in force. However, the process of its full revision began soon after Pakistan’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in February 1997.

Amendments to the TWMZ Act, 1976 to provide for national/international maritime and customary laws that guarantee the development of internal waters, right of innocent passage, safety zones, offshore facilities, pollution, waste, jurisdiction of foreign vessels, jurisdiction. warships, search and search, piracy, armed robbery against ships, arrest, trial and punishment, etc.

The Bill will enable Pakistan to address the said issues under national/international laws and assert its rights, jurisdiction and independence in harmony with internationally accepted provisions.

Meanwhile, two bills, namely the National University of Skills Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Quaid-e-Azam Foundation Bill, 2023, have been tabled in the National Assembly.

The bills were transferred to the House of Representatives by Ministers Naveed Qamar and Murtaza Javed Abbasi, respectively.

In addition, in 2007, the National Assembly passed amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business.

The changes and additions were introduced by Murtaza Javid Abbasi, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in the Majlisi Namoyandagon.


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