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Lack of quorum leads to deferment of Cyber crimes Bill, 2016.

ISLAMABAD -- Lack of quorum on Wednesday led to the deferment of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2016, in the National Assembly.

State Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman Khan moved a motion to consider the bill as passed by the Senate.

However, opposing the bill, PPP Parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Syed Naveed Qamar said various segments of society had opposed different section of the bill. The opposition proposed certain amendments to the bill resulting its passage from the Senate, he added.

He said there was ambiguity in the bill needed to be addressed, as some sections of the bill were also against the rights of people. The bill was not acceptable to them in present form.

MQM lawmaker Syed Ali Raza while opposing the bill said it would deprive the people of their basic rights, adding there were some reservations over 8 sections of the bill.

PTI legislator Ali Mohammad Khan also opposed the bill and said the government could use it against the opposition if it was passed in the present form.

He said some section of the bill were against the freedom of speech and were needed to be amended.

Dr Nafeesa Shah of PPP while opposing the bill said it should be reviewed thoroughly.

Shahibzada Tariqullah of Jamaat-i-Islami also opposed it.

Meanwhile, PPP member Imran Zafar Laghari pointed out the quorum which was not in order.

Later the House was adjourned to meet again on Thursday at 10.30 am.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 11, 2016
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