Cyber Crime Bill in Pakistan – coming soon
The draft of Cyber Crime Bill has finally been prepared and now it would be sent to the federal cabinet for approval.
An official from Law Ministry said:
The draft of the bill focuses on financial crimes, cyber terrorism, defamation, data damage, electronic fraud, intellectual property crimes, email spoofing, cyber stalking, forgery, unauthorized access to computer systems/networks, theft of information contained in electronic form, virus/worm attacks, logic bombs, trojan attacks and password cracking.
The Ministry of Information Technology had earlier sent a letter to all the ministries and state run institutions and asked them to give their suggestions and recommendations for cyber-crime bill.
More than fifty proposals and suggestions were received from the federal ministries and other public sector institutions. The ministry tried its best to incorporate all these suggestions in the bill that would be an all-inclusive bill to combat cyber-crimes that are posing grave threats even to our security.
Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman Khan, said:
Cyber Crime Bill would be highly important in combating cyber-crimes so they have tried their best to obtain input from all stakeholders. We have not only obtained proposals from the federal ministries but also approached ITU that practically helped a lot in preparing a much better draft of the bill.
On December 31, 2007, the then president Pervez Musharraf promulgated a law called The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance 2007. However, this bill was not passed by the Parliament.