ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said Thursday that it had received more than 56,000 complaints related to cyber crimes during 2019 and registered 1086 cases against the defendant, ARY NEWS reported.
Details were shared by FIA officials during the meeting of the Permanent Defense Committee of the National Assembly, chaired by MNA Amjad Nizai of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).
Officials said that of the 56,696 complaints received by the agency, 11028 were investigated and 1086 cases were registered against the defendants involved in cybercrime activities.
“We have increased the number of offices against cybercrime to 15 to improve action against such acts,” they said and added that there are currently more than 70 million internet users in the country.
They said that the majority of reported cybercrime cases were related to sexual harassment, blackmail and obscene online activities.
“We have also carried out a gang of child pornography that operates worldwide and one of the Pakistani defendants is convicted in the case,” they said.
FIA officials said they had also arrested a gang, made up of PTA officials, involved in activating IMEI numbers without paying taxes. “An investigation in the case is ongoing,” they said.
In response to the investigation of financial fraud, officials said they had to obtain prior approval from the court for investigations in these cases.
In June 2017, the Federal Minister of Justice and Justice, Dr. Muhammad Farogh Naseem, said the government would bring amendments to the cybercrime law to eliminate failures.
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Speaking to journalists, Farogh Naseem said the law ministry had prepared a draft amendment and added that after finalizing the bill, he would appear before the cabinet.
He stressed the need to balance cyber crime laws and added that the draft amendment would eliminate failures and improve things.
The government will ensure freedom of expression and basic human rights, said the minister and added that it was also necessary to stop false and anti-state news.