July 13, 2009

In the plane on my way back to Karachi, I went through a copy of The News. Nestled towards the bottom of the paper was this amazing peice of information.

"ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has launched a campaign against the people involved in spreading ill-motivated and concocted stories through e-mails and text messages against the civilian leadership, interior ministry sources said here on Sunday.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed the relevant agencies to assist the FIA to counter such anecdotes against the political government, the sources maintained. A similar campaign has also been initiated against the proscribed organisations using the Internet for malicious propaganda against security forces.

The director general FIA has been instructed to monitor and check these stories and messages and take necessary action under the Cyber Crime Act. Strict action is being taken against all the culprits in the next few days as the FIA has already done a lot of work on it. Simultaneously, Interpol/Lyon has also been requested to identify those e-mail addresses and websites registered abroad which are being used for such stories.

It is pertinent to mention here that under the Cyber Crime Act, the violators can be punished for 14 years of imprisonment besides confiscation of property. Any Pakistani living abroad and violating the provisions of the Cyber Crime Act can also be charged under the Act and is liable for deportation to Pakistan. All Internet Service Providers shall be checked physically by the FIA on daily basis, the sources concluded.

APP adds: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Sunday that a special centre had been set up to investigate and take action against offensive e-mails and SMS. Talking to a private TV channel, he said: We have set up a special centre where people can report offensive e-mails and SMS and we will apprehend the offender within 48 hours.

The minister said this campaign was started about two weeks ago and had only been made public now. “We have received numerous complaints about offensive e-mails and SMSs and have also arrested a man from Azad Kashmir, who was spreading damaging e-mails against our security officials,” Malik said.

“We have marked some websites that are based abroad and our teams will be paying a visit to these countries soon. The Interpol too will be helping us, as the whole world is united against cyber crime,” he said. “People can also register their complaints at minister@interior.gov.pk" he added."


Err, welcome to China?

15 comments:

ordered-chaos said...

hey! on behalf of the natives, I protest. they just block blog and fb here , even they dont crack on sms far as I know :P

Xeb said...

According to a friend of mine in the telecom industry, speculation is that the SMS thing is because of the many-many Zardari jokes floating around via sms. It would be funny, if it wasn't to utterly NOT. *sigh*

S said...

So... if I post a joke about "he who must not be named" here, I basically sic Interpol and the FIA on your hapless behind?

Hmm... I suddenly feel oddly powerful... :P

Xeb said...

Hehe most probably. What we need to do is maintain all pretenses in-the-way-that-all-pretenses-are-meant-to-be-maintained and avoid direct references at all cost. This way no one gets into trouble for making Lord Voldemort cry.

Xeb said...

Chaos: If they blog blogger and facebook, how do you manage to be on both?!? I sense that such information may be highly useful in the near future! :P

Desert Mystery said...

I moving out when Geo's "Hum Sub Umeed Se Hain" staff gets court jailed by Lord Voldemort. Thats the canary in a coal mine to be looking out for.

Desert Mystery said...

typo...I meant court martialed, not court jailed.

Xeb said...

Agree. When that particular canary stops singing I do believe it's time to swim, jumping into shark-infested water if necessary. I wonder if that underground tunnel into Afghanistan is still alive and functioning? :P

Desert Mystery said...

I propose asylum rules should be modified so that if you happen to live under Lord Voldemort, one is allowed to claim asylum on medical grounds to avoid having a massive brain aneurysm as things turn more farcical everyday.

I don't recall voting for the Peoples Practical Joke Party, but then again I always forget to check the fine print.

Xeb said...

The fine print makes all the difference my love. Dontchaknow?

Desert Mystery said...

*Supper Sigh* I knew I should have gone to law school to avoid getting tricked by the fine print ;-P

I was also wondering how Interpol is going to treat these requests as I am not aware of any international convention of "Though Shall Not Mock Thy Leadership" otherwise Interpol would be doing full time work for Lil' Kim of North Korea.

Xeb said...

Given that their definition of cyber-crime and mine are radically different I shall forbear to comment on how exactly Voldemort and cronies intend to justify this particular scheme to the world-at-large. Then again, I don't think justification is particularly important to them. Witness the much touted 'carbon surcharge' fiasco.

Salman Latif said...

The funny thing is - the direct criticism circulating through SMSs is turning olready into a satirical humor, much more witty and hilarious xD

Xeb said...

Heh. What I love about Pakistanis as a people is how cool our sense of humor is despite (or maybe because of) all our many-many-many issues. We rock! :P

Salman Latif said...

Indeed :D