Currently, Pakistan has no law to deal with cyber crimes because of which the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has failed to combat such illegal acts. Last year, 150 cases were registered and several arrested, but most of the accused got the benefit of the absence of comprehensive laws.
The Cybercrime Bill 2015 passed by the Senate awaits the approval of the National Assembly before the President enacts it into law. The Bill has been criticized by the IT industry and civil society for curbing human rights and giving enormous powers to law enforcement agencies.
The government has agreed to make amendments to the bill and to get the Cyber Crime Bill approved in the current session of the National Assembly. Yesterday, a meeting was held by the Law Review Committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar to review all the cybercrime bill’s aspect in detail.
Pakistan’s cybercrime bill is not just center of attention for the natives but the rest of the world especially America. In the recent Senate session held for the drafting of cybercrime bill, there were some unexpected attendees – the staff of American embassy.
Chairperson Senate Raza Rabbani, who was also not informed about the presence of Embassy members, has ordered to probe the matter. The American officials attended the Senate session with the representatives of NGOs, and when asked about their presence they said they are here just as the observant. But things are not as simple as they have tried to portray.
Reportedly, the officials of American embassy also took an interest in the drafting of cybercrime bill and attended the public hearing of Senate’s Standing Committee. The sources also revealed that unnamed forces tried to halt the approval of cybercrime bill with the help of local NGOs and pressurized the Ministry of Information Technology.
But as opposed to the expectations, the Senate approved the cybercrime bill recommending 50 amendments to the original bill.