The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 is said to be aimed at curbing cyber crimes, but many believe the bill to be draconian and an attempt to curb freedom of expression.
A Senate committee on Tuesday recommended certain amendments to the bill, which will now be tabled in the Senate for consideration. Once approved, it will be sent to the National Assembly again for amendments to be discussed and approved.
Senate panel clears cybercrime law
This is how the bill stands now:
Cybercrime bill: Call for protection of freedom of expression
The news that the bill was cleared by the committee was not received with equanimity by the public, who took to Twitter to voice their concerns about it.
Here’s how some Pakistanis reacted to the bill:
This is going to complicate a lot of things
You can now legally enjoy your right to be silent
The perfect way for PPP to win the next elections
If this were true, a lot of people may end up punished. Thankfully, it’s not.
Courtesy : Express Tribune