MQM aims to block certain clauses of Cyber Crime Bill

Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) aimed to block certain clauses of the recently planned Cyber Crime Bill that is still awaiting the approval from National Assembly and Senate to legally become a law in Pakistan.

As per reported by ProPakistani ,MQM has proposed total four amendments in cyber crime bill that was approved by National Assemnly’s Standing Committee for Information Technology.

The bill was all set to be moved and passed in National Assembly until MQM presented its objections.

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) is currently negotiating with MQM to approach a mutual agreement where MQM would withdraw its objections.

PMLN is trying to get the bill passed in the original form without any incorporating input by MQM or any other political party.

However, yet it is unknown whether the party would withdraw its amendment request or not.

According to details, the clauses that MQM wants to get amended from the bill are:

  • Any evidence, that is collected through monitoring or legal interception of communication, will be admissible by courts.

  • Under Section-40 of the law, where it says that prosecution and trial of an offence under the Act committed by a minor shall be conducted under the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance, 2000; MQM proposed to add “by the court designated under this act” as an amendment.

The changes presented by MQM are shared by ProPakistani:



Earlier, last year in September, Pakistan Electronic Crime Bill PEC 2015 that Senate Committee adopted and forwarded it to the National Assembly, was disowned by the opposition law makers.

Later in October then, the public hearing held by the Pakistan Institute or Parliamentary Services, the two houses standing committee on Information technology alleged that the son in law of the Prime Minister, Sen. Retired Capt Muhammad Safdar had destructed the controversial bill without showing its original content with other members. Shazia Marri MNA from PPP said that, “Members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology did not even see the draft bill, and yet it was sent to the parliament for turning it into law.” Aitazaz Ahsan emphasized that, “Asserted that the bill was flawed and needed improvements.” He added that, “Law enforcers could not be given powers to invade privacy of individuals and seize computing devices without privacy and data protection laws in the country.”

[The article’s source is ProPakistani.]

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