Cyber Law in Pakistan Still Seems a Distant Reality

cyber-lawWe have repeatedly talked about the horrific situation in Pakistan that is run without any cyber law, that not only propagates the cyber crimes but is also a sole reason of hindrance for e-commerce and internet payment gateways in the country.

Technically speaking, you can’t be prosecuted for committing any cyber crime. FIA (Federal Investigation Authority) has openly said in the past that they can’t investigate any cyber crimes since there is no law in the country to keep check on cyber offenses.

Same applies if you are a victim of cyber crime. Authorities concerned will never listen to you, or they won’t offer you justice because there is no cyber law here. There are exceptions, I mean if you have a backing of a minister (Interior Minister is plus) then FIA might probe your case and might get you to the culprits. Otherwise, for a common man, forget about any cyber offense that you might have faced.

For those who are interested, a bill that was tabled long back in National Assembly to control and combat cyber and electronic crimes, called Electronic Crime Bill 2010, is still pending approval. Efforts have been made by select individuals to workout the procedural delays in the bill to get it passed out, however, nothing substantial has been achieved so far – probably because government is immensely busy in doing lot of (other useless) things.

We are told that the committee, that was given the task to formulate the consensus on the bill, has invited the stakeholders on November 5th, 2012 for their input on the regulations.

It merits mentioning here that this is not the first time the committee has asked the stakeholders for the consultation, in fact the deliberation has been repeatedly done but anything concrete is yet to come out of it.

It is likely that this whole process will keep lingering until the elections are announced to practically kill all chances of electronic and cyber crime laws to become operational.

All champions of the telecom and Information Technology industry are quiet over the issue, rather they keep beating the non-issues.

In-existence of cyber laws has become the only contention between industry’s growth, because e-commerce industry can’t even commence without these cyber regulations. Just to let you know, PayPal hasn’t hit Pakistan because of such hindrances (in addition to other similar reasons).

We are already late in getting this done. But let’s not delay it further. Now is the time for MoIT, PTA, PSEB, PASHA and others to act.

Tech and telecom reporter with over 15 years of experience, he works as founder of ProPakistani.PK

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    Agar deka jae tu hamari Army bhi qatal-o-gharat main lage hue hai NWFP side par.

    Karachi – Hamari Police tu aram say aram kar rahi hai roz roz 10-20 peoples kill ho rahay hai aur koe bhi pochnay wala nahi. Army ko karachi nazar hi nahi ata kay woh pakistan ka hisa hai.

    Operation karna hai yahan par karo laiken wohi baygonnah ko marni main lage hue hai.

    Drones ko dek lo har month 100-200 peoples ko shaheed kar rahe hai agar is main army ka koe banda hota tu kab kay yeh drones attack band ho chukain hotay laiken innocent people mar rahe hai.

    Hamari FIA, POLICE, Security Agencies blah blah… lage hue hai karachi aur specially in balochistan main laiken koe bhi pochnay wala nahi.

    Ap boltay ho kay ALLAH PAK ki madad aye ge aray kahan say aye ge jab har jaga qatal hi qatal ho rahay hai.

    Shayad kisi DIN bara zalzala ajaye aur poray mulk ko sath baha kay lay jae (Allah na karain – ameen).

    Karachi main sahnay Baldia dek lo koe inquiry hue Nahi na koe pakra gaya nahi na.

    Hamari govt tu bus Bank account ko full karnay main lage hue hai.

    Allah aisay logon ki madad nahi karta jab qaoom apni taqdeer khud na badlay.

    HAJJ main deklo kaise corruption ho rahe hai koe bhi pochnay wala nahi.

    Kindly add these comments kyun kay yeh meri dil say nikal rahe hai.

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  • But I have read and implemented Electronic Crime Act of Pakistan 2007 in my companies and it is part of the law.

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