Police arrests first cybercrime suspect over blackmailing women on Facebook

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police have arrested a cybercrime suspect from Nowshehra who used to blackmail women on social media.

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Mehranullah used to blackmail women on Facebook.

Mehranullah – a 29-year old man used to upload fake videos of women on the social networking website Facebook. After uploading the videos, he blackmailed them.

The alleged cybercriminal has revealed the names of 15 of his partners who were also involved in similar activities. Police claimed to have recovered a pistol and a mobile phone from the possession of the accused. A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the cybercrime suspect.

The government has recently introduced cybercrime bill in Pakistan, according to which, posting photos or videos of other people without their permission is a punishable act.

According to the law, anyone who obtains, sells, possesses or transmits any other person’s identity information without authorization will face a three years term in jail and a fine of up to 5 million rupees. Similarly, the bill is aimed at discouraging the cyber-stalking and harassment.

Before the introduction of this bill, Pakistan had no law to deal with cyber crimes because of which the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) often failed to combat illegal online 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 National Assembly approved the bill earlier this month despite the fact that opposition parties, including PPP, PTI and MQM had vigorously protested against certain sections of the law.

According to the opposition parties, the new bill is entirely against the rights of the people and totally unacceptable because the bill clearly states that even a child of 10-year old would be punished if he does anything against this law.

Interestingly, not only Pakistanis are taking a keen interest in this newly approved law, but it has also caught the attention of the international communities.

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.

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