The Government Press last week printed four sets of regulations under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and backdated them August 29, presumably to cater to the weeklong period of illegality during which these laws were missing.
The regulations have been gazetted by the Defence Minister under Section 27 of the PTA which states that “every regulation made by the Minister shall be published in the Gazette and shall come into operation on the date of such publication or on such later date as may be specified in the regulations.”
The president announced to parliament on 25 August that he proposed not to extend the emergency. The emergency lapsed on 30 August. It was then indicated that new regulations would be promulgated under the PTA. These would allow the government to do things that a lifting of the emergency stopped them from doing.