ISLAMABAD - On the request of the Ministry, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication on Wednesday formed a Technical Committee for making cyber laws compatible to NAP.

The Standing Committee met here in the Parliament House to discuss a bill in this connection when Minister in-charge for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman suggested that a Technical Committee comprising law-experts and IT-expert should first analyse the bill.

All the participants of the meeting were on the same page that since after the school attack in Peshawar the nation is united against terrorism, the opportunities should be utilised for revamping the legal system.

The committee adopted the suggestion and formed a committee comprising of law-experts including Attorney General of Pakistan Salman Aslam Butt, Special Assistant to Prime Minister and IT experts. Briefing the Committee, the Minister said that situation has drastically changed in Pakistan as the country was badly hit by terrorism.

“What if they post anti-State elements, what about other cyber crimes, and what about privacy and copy write, this is what this entire bill is about,” she told the committee.

The bill’s copy reveals that new laws would be introduced for punishment and apprehension of the criminals behind grey trafficking. It also brings changes in laws pertaining to Access Promotion Charge and Universal Service Fund.

The Committee was informed that PTA will be responsible for all intelligence operation in connection to the cyber crimes. The committee pointed out that 40 per cent of the functional mobile sims are operating illegally causing massive grey trafficking in Pakistan that enhanced the crimes and chances of terrorism.

Some of the members said that if someone grey-called you from Dubai or Kabul it seems as local and nobody can identify location of the callers. The bill was drafted after thorough study of such laws in Australia and the US, but it was kept in mind that variables are there as no terrorism is going on the soil of those countries, the committee was informed by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister.

The committee asked the technical body to submit its observations and suggestions within 10 days so that the bill could be finalised for tabling in the National Assembly as soon as possible. The meeting that was chaired by Capt (Retd) Muhammad Safdar was attended by MNAs, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar, Sardar Awais Ahmed Leghari, Farooq Sattar, Zahra Wadood Fatmi and others while officials from the concerned Ministry and experts were also present on the occasion.