The National Assembly on Friday passed with clear majority the Diversion of Attention from Ehsanullah Bill, 2020. Independents Mohsin Dawar and Ali Wazir weren’t allowed to speak on the hastily passed bill.
The bill, presented by treasury member MNA Muhammad Ali Khan, includes several sub-bills, like the pronouncement of a public hanging for deviants involved in child sexual abuse.
“Yes, we are aware of the futility of public hanging for this, or any crime,” said Ali Khan, while speaking to reporters after the assembly session. “But the Diversion of Attention from Ehsanullah Escape Act, 2020 should be seen in its larger role.”
“You want me to talk about what we’re diverting attention from? Well, I don’t think that would suit the purpose of the bill, would it?”
“Why is it then the name of the bill, you ask? Well, becau——oh, my God. Oh my God….they’re going to be so…..oh my God, what was I thinking…excuse me,” said a panicked Ali Khan.
Till the filing of this report, the NA Secretariat had replied twice that the aforementioned piece of legislation cannot be renamed the Carry On, Nothing To See Here, Move Along Act, 2020 without it being passed again by the Assembly.