The draft of ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of Pakistan 2014’ is being prepared for presentation in the Parliament.
Although this draft law contains welcoming procedural safeguards, quite a number of provisions violate international standards on freedom of expression. Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan and International Organization working on freedom of expression, Article 19, have expressed concern in regards to this draft Electronic Crimes law of Pakistan 2014, as it endangers freedom of expression and lacks procedural safeguards against surveillance activities carried out by intelligence agencies.
This draft law has been drafted by the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications and brings together specific crimes, rules of investigation, prosecution and trial of the offences. —Correspondent