Government Fails to Get Cyber Crime Bill Passed Yet Again!

The government on Wednesday failed to get the amended “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016” passed from the National Assembly due to lack of quorum in the House.

Anusha Rehman Khan, Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication moved the Bill to make provisions for prevention of electronic crimes [The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016], as passed by the Senate with amendments be taken into consideration at once under clause (2) of Article 70 of the Constitution.

However, most of the parliamentarians left the Lower House, soon after the departure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Opposition parties raised objections on several clauses of the Bill and later pointed out lack of quorum. The House was resultantly adjourned.

Cyber Crime Bill has been on National Assembly’s agenda since Monday; which has been getting suspended due to Quetta incident for over three days now.

The House would meet again on Thursday where the government will try to pass the Bill from the National Assembly.

After the passage from the National Assembly, President Mamnoon Hussain will sign the draft Bill, after which it would become a law.