Activists, lawmakers still quarreling over controversial Cyber Crime Bill

Haider Ali 11:15 AM | 22 Jul, 2016
Activists, lawmakers still quarreling over controversial Cyber Crime Bill
ISLAMABAD - Civil society activists and lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on the the country's controversial cyber crime law during a discussion of the Bill at a meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology on Thursday, with the former being asked to leave the meeting roughly 20 minutes after its commenced.

The representatives from NGOs and civil society, who were called to the meeting to submit their recommendations, were asked to leave by the committee chairman, Senator Shahi Syed, Dawn News reported.

However, before they were ejected from the meeting, civil society stakeholders reiterated their long-standing criticism of the bill, which they feel contains too many offences, disproportionately harsh punishments and affords investigators sweeping powers, including making arrests without warrants.

During the meeting, some opposition lawmakers like Senator Farhatullah Babar of the Pakistan People's Party termed the Bill too harsh. Others maintained that the Bill must protect privacy, ensure the preservation of users’ data and must not hinder the free flow of information.

However, committee chairman Senator Shahi Syed expressed a different view, arguing that sufficient input from civil society had already been incorporated in the Bill. “The committee will do its job now; it already has the points of view from civil society and other stakeholders representing the IT industry,” the senator observed.

“The interest of the country and the rights of citizens must have paramount importance while making this sensitive legislation,” he added.

Taking a similar line, State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman argued that it was obvious that civil society did not want a cyber crim law at all.

The committee will discuss the remaining sections of the PECB on Friday.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 5, 2023 (Sunday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 280.9 284.25
Euro EUR 299 302
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335 338
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.14 75.44
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.55 73.85
Australian Dollar AUD 192 194
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.72 720.72
Canadian Dollar CAD 205 207
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.33 39.73
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 878 887
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.79 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,300 on Sunday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,010.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Karachi PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Islamabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Peshawar PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Quetta PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sialkot PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Attock PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujranwala PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Jehlum PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Multan PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Bahawalpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Gujrat PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nawabshah PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Chakwal PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Hyderabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Nowshehra PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Sargodha PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Faisalabad PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360
Mirpur PKR 205,300 PKR 2,360


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