The first ever cyber crime law of Pakistan, after facing extreme criticism, is announced as law on 26th August, 2016. Some members representing the civil society did their best in order to nullify the efforts regarding implementation of Electronic Crime Bill but due to the commitment of IT Ministry the Bill has now become Law.
Also Read: National Assembly Passes Cyber Crime Bill
Is There A Hidden Hand Behind Discrediting Cyber Crime Law??
While, this process was going on, we saw a lot of news appearing in the social media highlighting cases of cyber crimes. Interestingly as per tech-websites these offenders were arrested on the basis of Cyber Crime Bill; a fact that indicates toward malafide intention for which the source is yet to be ascertained. One must understand that the Cyber Crime Bill has become Law on 26th August, 2016 hence those fraudster or wrongdoers if any were arrested by the “National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR3C)” of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the Electronics Transition Ordinance ETO 2002. The media hype seemed to be working on the some hidden agenda.
National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR3C) – FIA is a law enforcement agency that is already functional and dedicated to fight against cyber crimes. Inception of this Hi-Tech crime fighting unit transpired in 2007 to identify and curb the phenomenon of technological abuse in Pakistani society.
The news that falsely linked cases of cyber crimes with Cyber Crime Bill includes even some credible names:
- K-P Police arrested first cyber crime suspect over Facebook harassment; done by Express Tribune, ProPakistani etc.
- Another story of Man arrested for posting some blasphemous content on social media, also appeared on tech-websites
The Cyber Crime Law shall probably help in good use of social media and other electronic platforms so that the up coming generations safely use them.
The Cyber Law is also detrimental for ensuring that no one in the society even think of digital fraud, blackmailing or any other wrongdoing.