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Cybercrimes bill unlikely to pass Senate test

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ISLAMABAD: The government’s proposed cybercrime legislation has met a stumbling block in the opposition-dominated upper house of parliament. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has vaguely told the government the controversial bill will not be passed unless it is made acceptable to all stakeholders. Expressing reservations over the ‘very controversial’ draft of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes […]

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Senate may pass compulsory vaccination bill for capital on 28th

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ISLAMABAD: The ‘Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill 2015’, which was passed by the committee concerned last month, may take another week or more to get through the Senate. The bill is not on the agenda of the Senate on Monday (today), which is the private members’ day. So the earliest possibility […]

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Opposition accuses government of bulldozing cybercrime bill

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition lawmakers disowned the Pakistan Electronic Crime Bill (PEC 2015), the cybercrime bill that a Senate committee adopted, and forwarded to the National Assembly, last month. They alleged at a public hearing held by the Pakistan Institute or Parliamentary Services, and the standing committees of the two houses of parliament on information technology, on […]

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Cybercrime draft: Prickly issues remain largely unaddressed

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology has approved a second draft of the government’s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015. However, the revised draft seems to lack any substantial changes in the contentious clauses. A review of the original draft shows that while some clauses have been amended, the most controversial ones […]

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Cybercrime bill rushed through committee despite criticism

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On 17 September, 2015 Pakistan Standing Committee of National Assembly on Information Technology second time hurriedly cleared the draft of the controversial “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015” and sent it to the National Assembly for final approval despite widespread criticism by freedom of expression and civic liberties groups. According to the draft bill, it […]

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Draft cybercrime bill bulldozed through NA body

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ISLAMABAD: The draft cybercrime bill was forcefully cleared by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology on Thursday and sent to the National Assembly for final approval without showing the members the copy of the bill. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 had become controversial as critics believed it curtailed civil liberties. In […]

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NA body on Law Justice and Human Rights meets

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law Justice and Human rights Thursday met under the Chairmanship of Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk. The chairperson National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) briefed on its activities during 2014 to June 2015. She stated about NCSW mission introduction and monitoring of its progress implementation and promotion […]

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Minister tells NA of laws being made for child rights

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ISLAMABAD: With the case of alleged sexual abuse of children in Kasur district of Punjab making headlines, the issue of successive governments’ failure to effectively legislate for child protection has yet again come to the fore. During the ongoing session of the National Assembly, the house was provided with a list of initiatives which are […]

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Growing crisis: 2015 will be a ‘bad year’ for human rights, fear activists

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KARACHI: The year 2015 will be a bad year for human rights, much worse than 2014. This is what human rights activists and professors predicted at the office of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday, where the panel was discussing the organisation’s annual report of 2014. Dr Mutahir Ahmed of the University […]

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Open to change: Govt ready to tweak cybercrime bill

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ISLAMABAD: Agreeing to consider making amendments to the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, the government has invited suggestions from all stakeholders, including the public. Despite being passed by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology, the draft will not be presented before parliament for now because various segments of society have expressed reservations […]

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Govt urged to review Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill

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QUETTA: The Balochistan-Internet Policy Observatory Pakistan (iPOP) and a coalition of digital rights organisations, technology companies and IT security experts have urged the government to review the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015, which has been adopted by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on IT and Telecom. Arzak Khan, the head of iPOP, said on […]

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T2F hosts the Balochistan discussion that others shy away from

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KARACHI: With the latest cybercrime bill passed by a National Assembly committee, freedom of expression has once again come under threat adding onto the gag on reporting and talking on certain issues within the borders of Pakistan. One such issue is the struggle for an independent Balochistan that has been ongoing over decades and seen […]

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Pakistan’s proposed ‘cyber hudood’

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Karachi: Imagine going to jail for sending emails and posting pictures of friends and family without obtaining their ‘permission’. Retweeting a meme you thought was funny. Making a critical comment on the cyber space about a deal made by a country having ‘friendly’ relations with Pakistan. Imagine having all your online activity stored at every […]

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Cyber crime bill: Bored teens, ethical hackers can end up in jail

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ISLAMABAD: Ignoring all reservations of the citizens’ Joint Action Committee on Cyber Crime Bill 2015, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication adopted the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 on Thursday and referred it to parliament for the final nod. If the parliament approves the “controversial” bill, then on the one […]

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