ISLAMABAD- The Islamabad High Court (IHC) today summoned reply of the federal government over a petition challenging Protection of Pakistan Act.

A bench ordered the government to submit its detailed reply within one week.

Jamshed Dasti, MNA, had challenged the Protection of Pakistan Act in the IHC.

The bill passed by the parliament was recently signed into an act of law by the President. In his petition, Dasti, an independent lawmaker elected from southern Punjab, has claimed that the law violates the fundamental human rights.

The petitioner said the law grants unlimited powers to the law enforcement officials. The Protection of Pakistan Act violates the fundamental human rights and the constitution, the petitioner said.

Under the law, a suspect can be kept in detention for 60 days. The law also empowers a grade-15 officer to open fire over a suspect after issuing warning.