Pakistani Parliament adopts legislation to deal with cybercrime

Q.  Pakistan’s Parliament adopted a legislation to deal with which offence?
- Published on 16 Aug 16

a. Cybercrime
b. Honour Killings
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above

ANSWER: Cybercrime
Pakistan’s parliament adopted a draconian legislation to deal with cybercrime in the country despite criticism by opposition parties and groups working to protect fundamental rights.
  • National Assembly or lower house passed the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act” without any amendment to the draft passed by the Senate.
  • Senate also made close to 50 amendments which were passed by the National Assembly in April.
  • Law includes a total of 21 offences related to misuse of the Internet with over a dozen crimes for which fresh law prescribes jail term.
  • This includes the use of cyberspace for terrorism, pornography, hate speech, fraud and tampering information.
  • Opposition parties including Pakistan People Party, Pakistan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf and Muttahida Quasi Movement condemned sections of the bill.

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