“In exercise of the Powers conferred under section 29 of the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016 (XI, of 2016), the Federal Government is pleased to designate the Federal Investigation Agency as the Investigation agency for the purpose of Investigation of Offences under the said Act”
The above mentioned desicion finalized in the meeting with Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Shareef. In said meeting the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication proposed the FIA as Investigation agency because they are already doing on NR3C project.
The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) had yesterday proposed to nominate FIA as “designated agency” to deal with cyber crimes under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016.
Currently FIA is receiving about 2000-2100 complaints of cyber crimes in his project NR3C per month and they expect this number to increase with time.
It was also revealed that FIA is the only Agency having the capacity and capability to deal with cyber crimes while putting in place state-of-the-art labs, manpower and resources. However the only lacuna they faced was the absence of proper legislation, said sources. They added that the after the new legislation, the Agency will be empowered to act more promptly.
It was suggested in the meeting that by keeping in view the capacity and capability of FIA to deal with cyber crimes, the committee may suggest FIA to be nominated as “designated agency” as enshrined in section 29 of PECA 2016.
The IMC also constituted a sub-committee comprising all agencies to come up with an action plan for the next meeting.
The body also discussed in length the nomination of the courts for prosecution of cyber crimes cases, and the establishment of a cyber emergency response team. The participants were informed that about 100 cases may be sent for prosecution per month. However, a final decision in this regard would be taken, once the framework is finalized by the sub-committee.