In the light of the recent Pegasus spying scandal, the Government of Pakistan approved the country’s first National Cyber Security Policy. On Jul 27, 2021, federal cabinet discussed and passed the policy according to Mr. Fawad Chaudhary, federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting.
During a press conference, he claimed that the Government has planned to launch an extensive investigation over the suspected news of India using Pegasus, a spyware developed by an Israeli company to hack our Prime Minister’s Phone. A team of cyber security professionals will be hired by the government to look into the matter.
“We want to conduct a comprehensive investigation so that we may share our investigation with the United Nations. We believe that this attempt to spy on Pakistan authorities is a criminal offence; an international criminal offence,” he said.
According to the minister, the policy would be divided into two sections — cyber security and cyber crimes. A cabinet decision also approved a government policy that authorizes advertisements on digital media, according to Chaudhary.
A separate directive was given to the Board of Investments to take steps to remove outdated laws and ensure running a business in the country as straightforward as possible. “We want to have a detailed discussion with the opposition; we are serious about these things and want to take things forward,” added Fawad Chaudhary.