ISLAMABAD - Finance Minister Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting with senior officials of Ministry of Information Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior for deliberations on various aspects of cyber security and cyber crime.

Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman Khan was present on the occasion and briefed the meeting on the background and developments in the matter, including the ongoing review of the World Summit on Information Society by UNGA. She shared with the meeting her views on the various issues involved, as well as legal provisions that existed to ensure cyber security.

After detailed deliberations, the meeting decided to bring all relevant ministries and stakeholders together for consultative process under a national platform. The Ministry of Information Technology would prepare draft operating procedures to improve the present consultative process. The consultative body would consolidate the work already done by different ministries and prepare its recommendations. The body would also be responsible for developing the future roadmap in the sector.

The finance minister emphasized the need for close coordination and collaboration between all IT related departments for better planning.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi, Secretary Foreign Affairs, Aitezaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Secretary Interior Shahid Khan as well as senior officials of the Ministry of Finance attended the meeting.

In other development, Finance Minister also chaired a meeting of senior officials of the Ministry of Climate Change, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industries and Ministry of Planning, Development & Reforms to deliberate upon Pakistan’s stance on the issue of climate change at the forthcoming UN Conference on Climate Change being held at Paris from November 30 to December 11.

The meeting reviewed in detail inter-ministerial consultations done by the Ministry of Climate Change as well as the stance of various other stakeholders, including private sector, on the issue of climate change, environmental protection and global warming. Secretary Climate Change briefed the meeting about the various aspects of climate change as well as on the major contributors towards environmental pollution and global warming.

Various options to improve environmental conditions in the country were discussed.

The meeting agreed to evolve a joint stance on the issue of climate change in the best interests of the country and to present it forcefully at the UN Conference.

It may be added it would be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The Conference will aim at achieving a binding and universal agreement on climate.