According to Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, the federal cabinet adopted the first-ever National Cyber Security Policy on Tuesday, as the government prepared to begin a comprehensive probe into the Pegasus espionage scandal.
At a post-meeting news conference, Chaudhry claimed a list of cyber security specialists was being compiled who would conduct a thorough investigation, particularly into India’s use of Israeli spyware to hack Prime Minister Imran Khan’s phone.
“We want to undertake a thorough inquiry so that we can share our findings with the UN,” Chaudhry explained. “We feel that this attempt to eavesdrop on Pakistani officials is a criminal act; an international criminal act,” he stated.
He went on to say that Pakistan would also share the report with the appropriate authorities. The communications minister told reporters, “We believe and hope that the United Nations would take action on that.”
The minister explained that the National Cyber Security Policy would be divided into two parts: cyber security and cyber offences.
The minister explained that the National Cyber Security Policy would be divided into two parts: cyber security and cyber offences. He went on to announce that the cabinet had also approved the government’s digital media advertisements policy, stating that the government will henceforth sanction digital media advertisements.
The ministers also approved a spectrum auction for next-generation mobile services, according to Chaudhry.
Separately, the Board of Investments was asked to submit legislation to assist eliminate outdated laws and take substantive actions to improve the country’s ease of doing business, he added.
The prime minister told the cabinet meeting that there should be agreement between the government and the opposition on at least a few fundamental topics of national importance, with the staging of “transparent elections” being one of them, according to Chaudhry.