Senate body suggests independent organisation for cyber crimes

Pakistan Press Foundation

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Muhammad Ali Thursday informed a parliamentary panel that Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-organisation), Act 1996 and Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 are pending in an inter-provincial coordination committee. After approval from the committee, the bills would be submitted to the federal cabinet for further approval, he said. The Senate Committee on Delegated […]

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Mobilink, Warid announce maiden telecom merger in Pakistan

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LAHORE: Mobilink, a concern of Amsterdam-based telecom company VimpleCom Ltd, along with its partners, on Thursday announced a tie-up in Pakistan with rival Warid Telecom to boost their network and expand mobile financial services. “VimpelCom Ltd and Global Telecom Holding SAE, together with Warid Telecom Pakistan LLC and Bank Alfalah Limited (Dhabi Group shareholders), reached […]

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Suffocating cyberspace

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Pakistan hardly has an impressive record when it comes to universal human rights standards, and the formulation of a contentious Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015, which is pending parliamentary approval before it becomes a law, is posing a major assault to freedom of expression within the country. In its current form, the proposed Bill […]

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Pakistan: Draft Cybercrime Law Undermines Freedom of Expression

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In early 2014, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication introduced a draft cybercrime ordinance, the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act. At the time, human rights advocates, including the Centre for Law and Democracy, criticised the draft as a threat to Pakistan’s burgeoning online community and cautioned that its broad language threatened to turn millions […]

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Smartphone emerging as means to improve governance

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LAHORE: “Aslam-o-Alaikum, I am your Khadim-e-Aala wanting to confirm whether you have received the completion certificate of your building from the Lahore Development Authority. Were you asked for speed money? Please reply in ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a short message service (text message) that follows.” Surprised was Asifa when she received this call from Chief […]

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