The government has begun consulting on controversial online laws

The government has begun consulting on controversial online laws

Karachi: While human rights activists and organizations have boycotted talks with the government on the Citizen Protection (Against Online Harm) Act 2002,
Government officials, meanwhile, have drawn up a plan of action for the initial consultation on the issue.

That on the instructions of the Prime Minister, a wide-ranging consultation process has been initiated on the said issue and in this regard, the process of consultation and consultation is being initiated while halting the implementation.

The first consultative meeting on the Act is scheduled for June 4, according to the invitation.

Following the Cabinet's approval of the Act, it was sharply criticized on social media in February this year, after which the Prime Minister announced consultations with all stakeholders.

The committee, headed by the PTA chairman, includes Additional Secretary IT Aizaz Aslam Dar, Digital Pakistan chief Tania Idrus and her digital media focal person Dr. Arslan Khalid, Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shirin Mazari and Barrister Ali Zafar. ۔

In early May last year, the PTA launched a questionnaire on its website to improve the controversial provisions of the Act, seeking input from stakeholders and the public.

The questionnaire consisted of 10 key questions, which had to be answered in yes or no, but each answer was accompanied by a box and the user was given the option to suggest one or the other of his choice.

The objectives included in the survey included the removal of controversial and promotional material from the Internet by the PTA using the Pakistan Electronic Crime Act 2016 under Article 37 of the Constitution to protect citizens and the state.
In this regard, Article 19 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been ignored.

In this regard, the PTA told Dawn that the consultation process will be public and everyone will have the freedom to express their views, while the committee is also engaged in consultation with human rights organizations.


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