The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has finalized a draft proposal to make provision for the prevention of electronic crimes in the country. As stated in the draft, the Act is named the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2014.
Such an Act was definitely required in Pakistan as the use of IT across the country has grown exponentially in the past few years. Both businesses and individuals will surely welcome the implementation of this Act.
Commenting on the Draft the Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecom Ms. Anusha Rehman stated, “We are going to table a comprehensive Cyber crime bill before the cabinet which has been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders over the last 3 years. International best practices have been taken in to consideration while drafting it.”
The submission of the Draft to the cabinet is expected this week. The State Minister chaired a meeting to review the final draft of the bill. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Akhlaq A. Tarrar, Secretary IT, Mr. Muhammad Amir Malik, Member (IT), Mr. Yasir Qadir, Member (Telecom) and representatives from Ministry of law, PTA, FIA and representative of ISPAK, PASHA and Barrister Zahid Jamil.
It is learned that Barrister Zahid Jamil – and his team – drafted the bill.