Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications (IT&T), in its meeting on Tuesday, has given one week to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to appoint a focal person for coordination between the two bodies. In case there are any procedural hiccups, the bodies have been told to come up with an alternate solution to ensure a proper implementation mechanism for the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016.
The meeting was held with Senator Rubina Khalid in the chair at the Parliament House and was attended by Senators Abdul Rehman Malik, Dr. Ashok Kumar, Ghous Muhammad Khan Niazi, Sana Jamali, Rukhsana Zuberi, Fida Muhammad, Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh, Faisal Javed Khan, Minister for IT&T Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Secretary IT&T, Chairman PTA, Director Cyber Wing FIA, Chairman PTET.
The committee expressed anguish over non-compliance of its earlier directions asking for a proposal to tackle the overlapping jurisdiction of PTA and FIA with regards to PECA 2016.
The Committee also discussed the matter of non-payment of increase in pension to former PTCL employees. Pakistan Telecommunication Employees Trust (PTET) has failed to meet the government’s announcement’s on pension increases on multiple occasions.
The Committee was told that as of now more than 15,000 retired officials are not getting any increased pension while 343 officials received their pensions after the Supreme Court ordered PTET to pay them.
The Committee directed PTET and PTCL to do the necessary calculations as to how much amount is needed to make the pending payment and what amount will then be required to keep the PTET fund alive for upcoming years in 15 days.
The Committee also took notice of the delay in banning the controversial social media account that contributed to the anarchy situation in the country. The members strongly recommended pre-emptive measures from the PTA and FIA to take notice of anti-state and anti-society activities on social media.