ISLAMAABD - Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology Tuesday approved Cyber Crime Bill 2016 with consensus.

The meeting appreciated efforts of senators Farhat Ullah Babar and Karim Khawja along with other stakeholders but came down hard on the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta) for not cooperating on matter of national security.

“The Nacta has no participation in meetings held to finalise the bill,” Chairman Committee Shahi Syed said. The senators observed that in order to cope with the threat of cyber terrorism and crime, institutions must be strengthened. In the amended bill many recommendations of all stakeholders have been incorporated.

Earlier, the chairman showed his dissatisfaction over non-availability of telecom services in most of the cities of Balochistan province.

He said in today’s modern era when humans were planning to live on moon, many cities of Balochistan still deprived of basic telecom facilities. He said the government should properly spend USF to provide telephone and internet facilities in Balochistan province.

Commenting on a question raised by Azam Khan Hoti regarding corruption in NITB, Syed said that corruption was damaging social fabric of the state.

Dr Jahanzaib Jamaldini said that the place where atomic experiments were conducted had still lacked basic facilities.

He said Kolho, Magsi, Mahan, Jhal Magsi, Naushki, Khuzdar, Awaran, and Sibi had no mobile signals.

State Minister Anusha Rehman informed the meeting that USF budget was Rs50 billion and this year Rs20 billion will be spent on ongoing projects. She promised to provide infrastructure facilities throughout the country in next two years under USF.

She said local leadership opposed lying of infrastructure in Balochistran and threatened bombing the installations.

She announced that telecom projects in Awaran, Chaghi, Khuzdar were ready for auction.