Islamabad: The National Assembly passed on Wednesday The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015 which declares cyber terrorism, electronic fraud and forgery, glorification of an offence, hate speeches, child pornography and hacking as punishable offences.
The bill was moved by Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rahman.
Speaking on the occasion, she said discussion on the important bill continued for the last many years and credit goes to all the political parties for giving their valuable inputs on it.
She said the bill will also help protect critical infrastructure existing on the cyber space like that of the NADRA database.
However, the IT industry and civil society had already criticized the bill, saying it will not only curb human rights but also give overreaching powers to law enforcement agencies”.
The House also passed two other bills the Foreign Exchange Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2014 moved by Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal and the Foreigners (Amendment) Bill 2016 moved by Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb.