Cyber Crime Law to be Revised

A meeting of Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications was held on Wednesday in Parliament House to discuss the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2008 (Ordinance No LXXII of 2008). The committee thoroughly discussed various sections of the Draft Bill and observed that provisions of the Bill were in overlapping with the Pakistan Penal Code and the Electronic Transactions Ordinance.

It was also observed by the Committee that some provisions of the Bill were against the fundamental rights of the citizens so the Bill be reviewed and redrafted. The Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Berjees Tahir observed that with the passage of time the nature of crimes have changed and criminals use sophisticated methods, therefore, it is need of the time to promulgate the law covering all the aspects: and at the same time protecting fundamental rights of the citizens of Pakistan.

The Committee unanimously approved constitution of following Sub-Committee: Former justice Fakhr-un-Nisa Khokhar MNA/ Convenor, Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai NINA/Member and G.M. Chaudhry, Draftsman, Member, Mb Law and Justice. The Sub-Committee would review and redraft the Bill and thereafter submit the same before the committee for further discussion.

The meeting was attended by Roshan-ud-Din Junejo, Farhat Khan Justice Fakhr-un-Nisa Khokhar, Anusha Rahman Khan Advocate; Khawaja Sheeraz Mahmood, Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai, Marvi Memon, Sajid Ahmed, MNAs and officials from the Ministries of Information Technology and Telecommunications and M/o Law and Justice.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Anonymous

    crap now they will come with another pathetic law.

  • Rashid

    What about Mr. Muhammad Ali Raza? I haven’t been able to see his posts on your website.

    • @Rashid – Ali is busy with some projects these days – he will get back very soon, inshAllah

  • Khurram Jafri

    I think, the info security experts should be involved in this. Lawyers and Judges are simply unable to technically interpret the law, ensure its implemetation, or decide about the cases. How can a Laywer/ Judge who has no idea what internet is, what technologies involved. With all due respect retierd Judges, Lawyers have not role in this Law.

  • Sadia Khan

    There is no prescribed definition of cyber crimes. And its is not at all easy to understand the cybercrime ordinance. For example, just look at Section 12, Malicious Code. i.e computer viruses etc. What can any Lawyer/ Judge interpret from this. If they read Handbook of Malicious code issued by NIMIS thats explians Section 12 of the Ordinace, they will know that this is something they are not aware at all.

    Download the guide from http://www.nimis.org/

    or email at [email protected]

  • Khurram Jafri

    Yes, she is right. There is no prescribed definition of cyber crimes. And its is not at all easy to understand the cybercrime ordinance. For example, just look at Section 12, Malicious Code. i.e computer viruses etc. What can any Lawyer/ Judge interpret from this. If they read Handbook of Malicious code issued by NIMIS thats explians Section 12 of the Ordinace, they will know that this is something they are not aware at all.
    Download the guide from http://www.nimis.org/
    or email at [email protected]
    This guide is alo available at Shon Harris Website
    http://logicalsecurity.com/resources/resources_articles.html

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