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Pakistan formulating cyber security strategy

Updated March 07, 2014
A view— File photo
A view— File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that a cyber security strategy was being devised to counter cyber attacks or infiltration from other countries.

Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the upper house of parliament during question hour that the government has already approved e-mail and internet policy which envisages security guidelines and a multi-stage information security audit of government institutions and ministries.

He said the Ministry of Information Technology had also finalised “Prevention and Electronic Crime Bill” which would soon be presented in the parliament for approval.

Rehman said Nadra had a sensitive database of 100 million people and had deployed a state-of the art system to prevent breaches from internal and external cyber intruders.

Replying to a question, he said a mobile verification system was recently introduced in the federal capital to recover the stolen cars.

The Minister said under this system, the police personnel deployed at patrolling places can check details of any vehicle through an SMS.

To a question the Minister of state for interior Balighur Rehman said there is no moratorium on death penalty in the country.

He said previous government had delayed the executions but the present government is in the process of negotiations to take a final decision on the matter.

The House today passed a resolution appreciating the women parliamentarians for working collectively for empowerment of women folk in the country.

The resolution moved by Rubina Irfan reiterated resolve to continue efforts for socio economic uplift of women in accordance with constitution.

Senator also condemned the Indian government action against Kashmiri youth celebrating the victory of Pakistan cricket team.

Leader of the House, Raja Zafarul Haq, said the action of the self-proclaimed largest democracy of the world was contrary to democratic norms.

Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan also condemned the registration of treason cases against the Kashmiri youth.

Minister for Law and Justice, Pervaiz Rashid, while replying to a call attention notice moved by Farah Aqilsaid it has been utmost effort of the government to bring legislation for the empowerment of women.

He regretted the excesses of jirga system against women and said the federal government will play its role to bring change in the social behaviours.