Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui—the Minister for Information Technology has indicated that work is being done on the development of new cybersecurity policy. The work is now in the final stages.
While conversing with the Associated Press of Pakistan—APP, Dr. Khalid said that the IT ministry has made a consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice and other linked departments for finalizing the new cyber policy.
Earlier, the ex-minister for IT—Anusha Rehman had expressed concerns that there is an immediate need for formulating detailed cybersecurity policy, incorporating a multi-stakeholder approach. However, no solid measures were taken in this matter.
But Khalid Maqbool has mentioned that the government would be forming an authority under the cybersecurity policy for ensuring its consequences. The IT Minister has promised to take measures for resolving the issues that come up owing to the lack of modern technology.
Dr. Khalid also mentioned that the delay in the development of the cybersecurity policy is because of the budget announcement. He indicated that the related authorities would give their suggestions once the first draft of the policy is finalized.
In the meantime, during a recent meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on IT and Telecom, the committee has taken the decision to discuss the surging rate of cyber-crimes with the concerned authorities which includes PTA.
Khalid Siddiqui while briefing about the cybersecurity policy said that there is the need to devise a strategy for restricting the cyber-crimes in the country.