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Cyber Crime Bill 2015 to seek final approval from Parliament soon

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Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Zafarullah Khan said on Tuesday that cyber crime bill to be presented for final endorsement in Parliament.

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“We have completed our deliberations on cyber crime bill and after consultation the bill will be tabled in parliament in a week or two,” Barrister stated while talking to media following attending inaugural session of the conference arranged by PTA along with an INGO and funded by all top telecom operators of Pakistan.

Responding to a question related to reservations of civil society, Khan expressed that all the objections of the stakeholders have been addressed leaving one during the consultation process.

“There was one point which could not be agreed and that was article 34, so we have told them to bring something similar to it, but they have not submitted any suggestion yet,” added Khan.

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Previously, the highly demanded Cyber Crime Bill 2015 was drawn in the wake of Peshawar school attacks last December. The ministry of IT submitted the draft to the National Assembly seeking favour in the following month. It was, however, forwarded to the standing committee to address objections raised by stakeholders.

As the bill has been overviewed in different departments and discussed many times at standing committees, the makers of the bill maintain the procrastination is to make it more meaningful.

“I remember in one night we drafted a law and in the morning it was imposed. It was law against kite flying, but for this bill, we, with the approval of Prime Minister we have for worked months and held so many deliberations and consultations just to take all stakeholders on board,” added Barrister Zafarullah Khan.

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