Bitcoin To Be Illegal in Pakistan. Soon the use of Bitcoin will be illegal in Pakistan. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has suggested the government of Pakistan to announce the digital currency Bitcoin as illegal. FIA has alos suggested that in order to stop the emerging crime in the country the government has to include the definition and distinct punishment in the prevention of electronic crimes act (PECA).
As per the FIA official notification the Bitcoin is not accepted and recognized legal by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and damaging the government exchequer. FIA said that Bitcoin should be declared illegal with the inclusion of definition and distinct punishment of this emerging crime.
As State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has termed the digital currencies illegal. There is no law that shows to deal with Bitcoin or any other digital currencies in Pakistan.
The prevention of electronic crimes act (PECA) was made in 2016 and FIA has suggested more amendments to improve it.
FIA said that crimes under PECA-2016 — other than cyber terrorism [Section.10], offence against modesty of natural person [Section.21] and child pornography [Section.22] — are non-cognizable, bail-able and compoundable.
These following are non-cognizable offences according to PECA-2016, i.e. the Law Enforcement Agencies are allowed to take action against the offensive to initiate the investigation or arrest without the permission of the Magistrate.
Illegal Access /alteration / deletion / intrusion to Critical Infrastructure Information Systems/ Data Section 6, 7, 8]
- Electronic Forgery [Section.13]
- Electronic Fraud [Section.14]
- Unauthorized Issuance of SIM [Section.17]
- Tampering of electronic equipment’s [Section. 18]
- Cyber Stalking [Section.24]
- Spoofing [Section.26]
FIA said that due to the non-cognizable nature of these offences, related to the cyber security of the country is hindering the helpful investigation and successful prosecution against the offenders. Furthermore these crimes are bail-able which harmfully affects the arrest of offender as bail is granted on first physical remand.
These offences are compoundable, which means that at any stage an aggrieved person can enter into conciliation with the accused.
FIA want the timely investigation of these time-critical crimes demands an immediate response by the law enforcement agency to limit and contain the damage caused by offenders. As the timely investigation and apprehension would improve the evidence collection for successful trial.
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