NA Committee to Present Its Report On Cyber Crime Bill in National Assembly

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication will present its report on “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015” before the Lower House of the Parliament on Friday.

According to the National Assembly agenda, Chairman Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Safdar will present the committee Report on “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015” in the National Assembly.

According to analysts the Report will be presented to every parliamentarian; however it will be brought on the agenda in shape of “Bill” later. It depends on the government and importance of the topic to introduce a “Bill” soon or later in the House. Once the Bill is laid for discussion, it will be passed with simple majority

Later the Bill will be sent to the Senate of Pakistan which will further send it to the Senate Standing Committee on IT. After passing the Bill from Standing Committee it will be transmitted to the Senate where it would be laid for final discussion. Once the discussion concludes in the Upper House of the Parliament, the Bill will be presented for voting and will be passed with simple majority.

According to the experts the Government is in majority in the National Assembly and may not face tough time on the proposed law and pass it easily. However the government will require support of other parties to pass the Bill and may face tough time.

Some offences and punishment under the proposed law as available on IT Ministry website (updated as of September 17, 2015).

Unauthorized Access To Information System or Data

Whoever intentionally gains unauthorized access to any information system or data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three months or with fine up to fifty thousand rupees or with both.

Unauthorized Copying or Transmission of Data

Whoever intentionally and without authorization copies or otherwise transmits or causes to be transmitted any data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine up to one hundred thousand rupees or with both.

Interference With Information System or Data

Whoever intentionally interferes with or damages or causes to be interfered with or damaged any part or whole of an information system or data shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to two years or with fine up to five hundred thousand rupees or with both.

Unauthorized Access to Critical Infrastructure Information System or Data

Whoever intentionally gains unauthorized access to any critical infrastructure information system or data shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to three years or with fine up to one million rupees or with both.

Unauthorized Copying or Transmission of Critical Infrastructure Data

Whoever intentionally and without authorization copies or otherwise transmits or causes to be transmitted any critical infrastructure data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine up to five million  rupees or with both.

Interference With Critical Infrastructure Information System or Data

Whoever intentionally interferes with or damages, or causes to be interfered with or damaged, any part or whole of a critical information system , or data , shall be punished with imprisonment which may extend to seven years or with fine up to ten million rupees or with both.

Glorification Of An Offence And Hate Speech

Whoever prepares or disseminates information, through any information system or device, where the commission or threat is with the intent to:-

  1. glorify an offence or the person accused or convicted of a crime and support terrorism or activities of proscribed organizations; and
  2. advance religious, ethnic or sectarian hatred

shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine up to ten million rupees or with both.

  • Explanation: “Glorification” includes depiction of any form of praise or celebration in a desirable manner.

Cyber Terrorism

Whoever commits or threatens to commit any of the offences under sections 6, 7, 8 or 9 of this Act, where the commission or threat is with the intent to:

  1. coerce, intimidate, overawe or create a sense of fear, panic or insecurity in the Government or the public or a section of the public or community or sect or create a sense of fear or insecurity in society; or
  2. advance religious, ethnic or sectarian discord,

shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to fourteen years or with fine up to fifty million rupees or with both.

Electronic Forgery

Whoever, interferes with or uses any information system, device or data, with the intent to cause damage or injury to the public or to any person, or to make any illegal claim or title or to cause any person to part with property or to enter into any express or implied contract, or with intent to commit fraud by any input, alteration, deletion, or suppression of data, resulting in unauthentic data with the intent that it be considered or acted upon for legal purposes as if it were authentic, regardless of the fact that the data is directly readable and intelligible or not shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years, or with fine up to two hundred and fifty thousand rupees or with both.

Whoever commits offence under sub-section (1) in relation to a critical infrastructure information system or data shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine up to five million rupees or with both.

Electronic Fraud

Whoever with the intent for wrongful gain interferes with or uses any information system, device or data or induces any person to enter into a relationship or deceives any person, which act or omission is likely to cause damage or harm to that person or any other person shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine up to ten million rupees, or with both


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