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Ambiguously defined Cyber terrorist can be sentenced up to 14 year

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday passed the controversial cybercrime bill through a majority vote that prescribes a maximum penalty of 14 years in jail and Rs5 million in fine for cyber-terrorism.

However, activists and opposition lawmakers criticised the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015 as repressive which curbs free speech and violates fundamental human rights protected under the Constitution.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf PTI) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) put up stiff resistance to the bill.

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