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Pakistan moves to 'regulate' social media through legislation

08:48 PM | 9 May, 2024
Pakistan moves to 'regulate' social media through legislation
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ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given the green light to a draft for amending the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016. The decision marks the federal government's move towards regulating social media through legislative means.

The proposed PECA Amendment Bill 2024 includes provisions for establishing a Digital Rights Protection Authority. Once approved by the cabinet, the bill will be presented in Parliament, the sources disclosed.

The initiative for this amendment emerged from the cabinet's Legal Reforms Committee, which recommended the establishment of the Digital Rights Protection Authority under the purview of the Ministry of Information Technology, the sources added.

This authority is slated to advise the government on digital rights issues, promote responsible internet usage, and oversee regulatory enforcement. Additionally, it will collaborate with social media platforms to foster a positive digital environment, regulate online content, investigate violations of the updated PECA law on social media, and take punitive measures against offenders.

Empowered to solicit information from relevant individuals and witnesses, the authority will also be authorized to devise regulations ensuring compliance with digital rights laws, thereby fostering a secure online environment and upholding user protections while safeguarding fundamental rights.

Officials emphasize that this bill aims to shield citizens' privacy from the perils associated with social media and is unrelated to institutional matters.

Last week, the Ministry of IT issued a Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) to establish the National Cyber Crime Investigation Authority.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Pakistani Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 19, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates 

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Bhat THB 7.58 7.73

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