Citizens of Pakistan have grave concerns regarding the government’s proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill. Despite reservations that have been raised at public forums, in the media and sent in writing addressed to the Standing Committee on IT, and through members of parliament, the bill has been approved a second time by the Standing Committee and now moves to the floor of the assembly for passage.
In its current form, the bill will have a detrimental effect on civil liberties – particularly citizens’ right to speech and privacy. It will also adversely impact businesses – particularly the ICT sector which is a flourishing industry.
Under the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, the Speaker can take up matters of public importance. Write to the Speaker and let him know you are concerned about the bill and do not want it to be passed in its current form. Ask that a committee be formed to revisit the bill, which takes input from members of opposition, public and professionals. Even if it means going back to the drawing board. It must be done in the interest of the people of Pakistan.
Post a letter to:
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq
Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Constitution Avenue,
Send him an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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