Pakistan makes first ever rules for Cyber Crime

Pakistan makes first ever rules for Cyber Crime
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ISLAMABAD - The Law Ministry has vetted the draft rules for implementation of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 and sent to the Ministry Information Technology and Telecommunications for notification.

This was revealed before the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications which met with Rubina Khalid in the chair here on Thursday.

The committee observed that a lot of responsibilities come on Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the prevention of electronic crimes and besides new rules it also needs new recruitment and gadgets. “Even if we frame the rules, FIA requirements need to be met”, Senator Rehman Malik added.

The committee further directed the Ministry of IT&T for sharing the draft rules with the committee before notifying to address the lacuna if there exists.

Chairperson Committee gave directions that a sub-committee be formed under Secretary IT to gain consensus of all stakeholders. She also instructed that a draft of the rules be sent to Members of the committee in advance, so that it can be reviewed in greater detail.

The meeting commenced with discussion on the implementation status of recommendations made by the Committee in its earlier meeting regarding payment of increased pension and other allowances to the pensioners of Telephone Industries of Pakistan (TIP).

Secretary IT briefed the committee about the issue and stated that pay scale 2015 and 2016 were to be adopted and a raise in pension was to be given to TIP pensioners from the year 2016.

TIP Board of Directors in its 192nd meeting held on 31st January, 2018 has approved adoption of new pay scale for the year 2015 and 2016, and raise in pension for the year 2016, subject to the concurrence from Finance Division. The case was again placed before TIP Boar d of Directors in its 193rd meeting held on 6th April, 2018.

It was decided that instead of Finance Division, the Secretary IT & Telecom — being Principle Accounts Officer (PAO) of the Ministry IT — may decide the matter. The Secretary IT approved adoption of pay scale 2015 and 2016 and raise in pension in 2016 vide letter No.8(5).2017-(F&A); dated 28-6-2018.

In line with the approval by the Secretary IT, management of TIP processed the case and adopted Pay Scale 2015 & 2016 and raise in pension 2016. Moreover pending liabilities cleared.

Secretary further stated that all payments were made from the date announced by the govt of Pakistan up to 30 June, 2018.

A total payment of Rs 84.952 million was made in both heads. Chairperson Committee, Senator Rubina Khalid on behalf of all Members, lauded the Ministry for the compliance and said that a huge milestone in this regard has been achieved.

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