Make a Difference! Send Suggestions on Cyber Crime Bill to the Government

After a strong reaction from stakeholders against the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), the government is now seeking suggestions from the general public regarding their objections in the modified draft.

Although it has been passed by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology, the draft has been withheld from presentation before the parliament. Instead, according to an official statement, stakeholders and the general public have been invited to send proposed amendments in the bill draft along with appropriate justification within a period of seven days.

Members of the Joint Action Committee (JAC), the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK), the Pakistan Software Houses Association, industry professionals and journalist bodies have all opposed the modified bill draft.

You can send proposed amendments in the bill draft along with appropriate justification within a period of seven days.

According to them, the bill would negatively affect the information and communications technology industry, students and researchers, the print and electronic media, as well as regular internet users. Industry professionals and stakeholders remain skeptical regarding the process of amendments, and have instead requested to make a presentation before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology.

The opposition parties have also asked the government to give further consideration to the bill draft before presenting it to the parliament for a final vote. Furthermore, in an effort to preserve the rights of internet users, the PPP has established a committee in order to bring in amendments that conform to the widely agreed upon Magna Carta.

Everyone from JEC, ISPAK, PASHA to ProPakistani itself have opposed the bill. Now is the chance to make a difference.

The modified bill has been uploaded to the websites of the National Assembly ( and the Ministry of Information Technology ( for the public to view and make suggestions. Objections along with proposed amendments can be sent via email to [email protected], or via post to the secretary of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology.

  • I’d rather stare at a wall than wasting my time on sending them suggestions..

    Btw, that’s one hell of a number to pick for your professional email! Genius!

  • Using a personal email for official use and that so for creating the “Cyber Bill” of Pakistan. Unprofessionalism ki bhi had hoti he!

  • section 19 is completely bogus, against freedom of speech and needs ot be completely out…who een does tht..if i make a sexually suggestive photo its my right in my own perspective to do so…my computer my right..

    • Article 19 of The Constitution of Pakistan : Freedom of speech, etc.

      Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offence.

      Article 19(A) of The Constitution of Pakistan: Right to information

      Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law.

      • i agree! so this draconian law in the constitution need not be imposed on the cyber space! this is not freedom of speech but limitated right to speak! the world doesnt work like this! imsorry but this law is draconian in every sense of the word

    • Before you are owning the Software and Computer, have you ever read Terms of Agreements which you blindly select “I Accept”. Paying to use the software and device does not let you use unlawfully.

      • thats what im saying freedom of speech is no body’s jageer.. its a common right of the general public. your people are bale to blurt al kinds of shit in the west against them because they allow you. try this right in saudi arabia or china and you will be in the dungeons or lashed

      • morality, decency, religion are not and should not be a state’s domain! only states who are secular progress while the rest whither like pakistan

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