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SC shows displeasure over establishment of cybercrime agency sans any law

By News Desk

May 6, 2024 11:47 AM


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Supreme Court (SC) showed displeasure over the federal government's move to establish the National Cybercrime Investigation Agency (NCIA) without constituting laws to address social media.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, the SC bench heard the case related to the climate change authority on Monday and pended it till the appearance of the Attorney General of Pakistan in the court.

During the hearing, one of the judges of the bench Justice Athar Minallah remarked there is no law for social media, but the authority has been created.

On the other hand, the authorities do not make what should be made and what should not be made is made, Justice Athar Minallah added.

Another judge of the bench Justice Mansoor Ali Shah said that there is no greater threat than climate change to Pakistan and it is a matter of fundamental rights.

Justice Mansoor said there was existing the Climate Change Act of 2017 but even after so many years the authority could not be established to address the matter.

Justice Mansoor said summoned the Attorney General of Pakistan to look into this matter and adjourned the hearing.

Pertinent to mention that three days ago, the federal government established the National Cybercrime Investigation Agency (NCIA) abolishing the powers of the FIA cybercrime wing.

According to the notification, the head of the agency will be the director general who will be a grade 21 official and not more than 63 years of age.

The federal government will appoint the DG for two years, it said, adding that additional DG, directors, additional directors, assistant directors and other officials concerned will be part of the agency.

Reporter: Amanat Gishkori

 


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