Pakistan

LHC demands govt response on plea seeking ban on Cybercrime Act 2016

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday sent notice to the federal government demanding reply against plea filed in the court seeking ban on Cybercrime Act 2016, ARY News reported.

Complainant Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry said the Cybercrime Act was in violation of basic rights according to Article 10, 18 and 32-B of the constitution.

“A state cannot constitute a law which is against basic human rights. The Cybercrime Act limits access to legal information which is serious violation of freedom of speech. Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is given unlimited powers under the Act,” he said.

He said FIA could trespass sanctity of privacy by availing mobile and computer data and arrest people on mere suspicion.

Ishtiaq Chaudhry said the prevailing democracy in Pakistan could have serious threats from such measures.

“The government will exercise this law against opponents for taking political revenge which will lead to anarchy in the country, hence common men will become insecure,” he said.

The complainant has pleaded to declare Cybercrime Bill 2016 null and void.

 

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