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ISLAMABAD: NA body proposes 7-year jail for cyber criminals

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications proposed on Thursday a harsher punishment for cyber crime – seven-year imprisonment with fine – instead of the current three-year sentence. The committee, which met here under Muhammad Birjees Tahir, made the proposal while discussing the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2008 (Ordinance IV of 2008). The meeting was told that there was no adequate law in Pakistan to deal with IT-related crimes. It was also told that financial frauds and identity thefts were on the rise, and highly sensitive data and electronic systems did not have proper legal protection from perpetrators of electronic crimes. app

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