ISLAMABAD: Government on Wednesday approved controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 in the National Assembly.
The bill will be tabled into Senate for approval after that it will become Law.
The bill has been severely criticised by the civil society, independent watch dogs and IT industry, there stance on the bill was it will curtail human rights and will provide unprecedented power to concerned authorities.
The Bill was aimed to table in Jan 2015 by the IT ministry for seeking approval from NA , but later in April 2015, it was referred to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology to take concerns raised by the opposition parties, IT industry and civil society.
According to reports, any form of criticism on the country, courts, armed forces and religion will fall under the offense after the bill have passed, by using the law, authorities can impose fine and grant imprisonment to any offender.
— Dawood Khan (@_dawoodkhan) April 13, 2016
Pakistan needs Anti-Corruption bill, anti-poverty-bill, anti-tax-evasion bill, anti-money landering bill and NOT ———- #CyberCrimeBill
— MJ (@maahajay) April 13, 2016
We reject #CyberCrimeBill bcs it's an illegitimate outcome of status quo's fear of political activism of Pak youthAdvertisements
— Danish Farid Khan (@KhanDanish_) April 13, 2016
Thank you the PML-N for #CyberCrimeBill. Thank you for showing your roots again. Zia ul Haq continues to haunt the nation.
— Ali Salman Alvi (@alisalmanalvi) April 13, 2016
Under the cyber crime bill it will also be criminal in Pakistan to text someone without their consent …
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) April 13, 2016
Experts say proposed law fails to protect individuals’ freedoms; contains few safeguards #CyberCrimeBill
— Mudassir Hussain (@muddyera) April 13, 2016
Under the #CyberCrimeBill, we need consent to message someone.
Bc, consent kya kabtoor kay through laygay?
— Sameer Siddiqui (@SenatorSameer) April 13, 2016
So freedom of expression to suffer #CyberCrimeBill
— Palwasha Abbas (@Palwasha_Abbas) April 13, 2016