Here, the Herald takes a look at how Pakistan’s cyberworld functions without laws and regulations.Free for all In 2007 General (retd) Pervez Musharraf introduced the Prevention of Electronic Crime Ordinance (Peco).
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Another similar case which the NR3C handled successfully was regarding Pakistan State Oil’s (PSO) Fleet cards.
The cybercrime wing caught three men who had allegedly hacked the PSO system and had been stealing thousands of rupees through their Fleet cards.
It was missing a few aspects of crime and that is why they removed it,” says Faisal Iqbal, the deputy director of NR3C.
Iqbal adds that now there are thousands of cases that are reported to the NR3C but all they can do with these cases is file them and put them away because without Peco these crimes no longer fall under their jurisdiction.
Another area in which the NR3C has managed to make much headway is regarding illegal gateway exchanges.
The company involved had been selling long-distance phone call minutes to foreign clients using a mechanism that bypassed the centralised gateway through which all internet traffic should pass; hence the company avoided paying the mandatory per minute fee to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and made a dishonest profit.
For instance, the ordinance which was sent to the NA for ratification stated that sending indecent, provocative and ill-motivated messages through emails and text messages was an offence and would result in 14 years imprisonment along with the confiscation of property.
Many felt that this was too harsh a punishment for such a minor crime.
Felonies that are committed in cyberspace are as harmful – if not more – than non-virtual crimes; however, there is no legislation for cybercrimes in Pakistan.
In rare cases, a privileged few have been assisted when certain laws, meant for the offline world were interpreted to suit the needs of the victim.