National Assembly’s standing committee on Information and Technology today decided to form a sub-committee to finalize Cyber Crime Bill that was about to get tabled in National Assembly earlier this year but was shelved after serious criticism from activists.
Sub-committee for finalization of Cyber Crime Bill will start its proceedings immediately and is likely to hold a meeting next week where representation from ISI, Interior Ministry, Law Ministry and legal experts are also invited.
Sub-committee members include Maj (R) Tahir Iqbal, Shazia Marri, Awais Leghari, Ali Raza Abidi and Farhana Bibi.
Anusha Rehman, State Minister for IT and Telecom, briefed the standing committee that Cyber Crime Bill was prepared after consultation from law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders, however, it faced criticism from NGOs and was shelved until a more unanimous draft is worked-out.
Ms. Anusha said that NGOs were asked to submit their input on the proposed bill that they were criticizing, however Ministry hasn’t received any response from them yet.
Tahir Iqbal, Chairman Standing Committee, opined that law and order situation in the country is important and internet and social media is fast becoming a space that sabotages national security.
Mr. Tahir said that severe laws are in place even in developed markets and Pakistan will also have take tough decisions to safeguard our national interests.