Lahore: The controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2016, was approved by the National Assembly of Pakistan on 11 August 2016, now awaiting to become a law after the President of Pakistan signs it.
Moreover the upper house of the National Assembly, Senate, had approved it with 50 amendments on July 29, 2016.
Now, the Baaghi.TV, leaving all other media houses behind, has brought to public knowledge, in detail, the serious implications which the Cyber Crimes Bill entails.
Moreover, the considerations and apprehensions of the masses about the PECB have also been played up through the latest video.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier the Baaghti.TV conducted a survey upon the public which revealed that they didn’t even know what the new cyber crime bill was.
What the cyber crime bill is, here we assure you: Conducting such criminal acts against a person, an organization or an institution by using internet, are termed as cyber crimes.
Moreover, it is vital to notice here that at least 30 million people in Pakistan are connected with each other through internet.
These people use and share the data in the way they want; they share it, they publicize it, they hit the one they wish to. But now, these people have to think a number of times before sharing, publicizing and hitting as the current government has launched the PECB stated above.
The new bill has inflicted a limit on the flight of minds and enforced a check and balance on the psyches of masses.
1. The people have to face criminal charges if they circulate a ‘message’ or an image of someone by manipulating it, and if they pass around a speech based on religion or races, as according to article 9 of the cyber crime bill, they can get incarceration of 5 years with a fine of 10 million rupees.
2. Seven years imprisonment and a fine of 5 million rupees or both punishments have been announced for the person who disseminates a picture of someone without his wish.
3. One year incarceration is for the person who harasses someone for sexual abuse or use illicit conversation.
4. Heavy fine has been apportioned for the one who deceives someone or commits counterfeiting.
5. Three years jail or 5 lac rupees fine will be imposed to those who get SIM card issued with or on the name of someone else.
6. Two years enslavement and one million rupees fine will be exercised only for posting someone’s picture on social networking sites.
7. If you would disperse unconventional information about some person, you may get a penalty of rupees one million and three years jail or both.
8. Hacking an email or phone number would cast you three years imprisonment or one million rupees as fine.
9. Stealing data by hacking a website would bring for you 6-month jail and one lac rupees fine.
10. Making a software through which hacking a website becomes easier would bring fine of 50 thousand rupees and 6-month imprisonment to you.
11. If you supports a criminal or you speak in favor of a criminal offense, be ready for seven years jail and one million rupees penalty.
12. Volunteering funds or collecting funds for a terrorist organization will cast you 14 years jail and 10 million rupees fine.
13. Using a laptop without owner’s wish can take you to the jail for 3 months and you would pay a fine of 50 thousand rupees.
There are much more to be discussed later.
In the meantime, a standing committee of the parliament will be formed in order to have a check and balance on the implementation of this act which would submit its report to the parliament two times in a year.
It is pertinent to mention here that when the cyber crime bill was presented in the National Assembly, only 30 MLAs were present out of total 342.
But the opposition parties, students, scholars and people connected with internet are criticizing the government over the enforcement of the bill, because they consider that the current government implementing the bill to tackle the supports of opposition parties and gaining political motives.
The opposition parties in the parliament have termed the bill as ‘black act’ saying the ‘cyber crime bill is against the basic rights provided by the Constitution of Pakistan.
A scholar stated that the government has authorized the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to check a person’s mobile without any orders and proof which is against the Islamic teachings and prevailing social order.
Furthermore, the Baaghi.TV, realizing its duty, has informed its viewers on its website about the steps that one should take if he gets trapped in cyber crime bill’s penalties.
The steps can be read out on the Baaghi.TV website: www.baaghi.tv