Pakistan Government to Expand Cyber Crime Wing

The government has decided to expand the National resource centre for cyber crime andit will be made a permanent part of the FIA (Federal Investigation Agency).

According to a news report in The Dawn on April 17, Government Central developmentworking has allocated 468.667 million rupees for the second phase of the project.

A good chunk of the above money, 10 million will be spent on creating awareness in the publicthrough seminars, workshops and other events.

In the first phase, three wings will be set up in the following cities:

  • Peshawar
  • Quetta
  • Rawalpindi

Reported earlier,  Cyber crime is on the rise in Pakistan and only 10percent of this crime got reported and 90 percent goes unchecked. There is a strong need for efficient legislation to check cyber crime in Pakistan that must reach to the very accused who iscommitting crime and must be dealt with an iron hand.

Earlier, the ordinance for the prevention for cyber crime 2007 was lapsed in Nov, 2009 afterrepetitive lives and a draft law was presented before the National Assembly committee forreview. However, some law makers have expressed their fear that law-enforcement personnelmay misuse their powers under this proposed legislation. The government should also keep thisview in tact before finalizing any such law.