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ISLAMABAD, Jul 26 (APP):The Senate Standing
Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication unanimously adopted “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill-2016″ here on Tuesday.

The committee which met with Shahi Syed in chair
discussed the bill in detail.

The Chairman said, the bill will be handed over to the
Senate Secretariat and it is up to Senate to bring the bill on the agenda”.

Shahi Syed thanked all the members of the committee
for showing keen interest and said “The bill had been adopted unanimously due to cooperation of members and the Ministry of Information and Technology and Telecommunication.”

The chairman also thanked and appreciated State
Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman for
extending support to the committee.

Anusha Rehman also thanked the committee members
and chairman for unanimously adopting the bill.

The “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill-2016” had
been passed by the National Assembly and it was refereed by the Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbabi to the committee for further consideration.

Under the law terrorism electronic fraud exaggeration
of forgery crimes hate speeches pornographic materials about children illegal access of data (hacking) as well as interference with data and information system (DOS and DDOS attacks) specialized cyber related electronic forgery and electronic fraud etc would be punishable acts.

Briefing on the different PSDP projects on NITB the
minister said that an Internal Audit was conducted by the
ministry to ascertain the true facts in September 2013 for
previous years.

Outcome of the audit revealed that there were
probabilities of inefficiency and misappropriation of funds by
the employees of PCB and EGD.

She said that financial, administrative and procedural
irregularities were reported by the audit.

On the basis of audit report, she said, the ministry
referred the matter to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on
January 23 2014.

The minister said that around Rs 20 billion of Universal
Service Funds (USF) are being used for the extension of
telecommunication services to un-served areas.

She said that 2 and 3 G service will be introduced in
remote areas of Balochistan. She said many projects had been launched in the Balochistan province.