The Asia Internet Coalition (“AIC”) submitted its initial response to Pakistan’s Citizens Protection Rules (Against Online Harm) (“Rules”). In the submission, AIC expressed sincere concern that unless revoked, these rules will severely cripple the growth of Pakistan’s digital economy. AIC Members recognize Pakistan’s strong potential, but the sudden announcement of these rules belies the Government of Pakistan’s claims that it is open for business and investment. In fact, the rules as currently written would make it extremely difficult for AIC Members to make their services available to Pakistani users and businesses. As no other country has announced such a sweeping set of rules, Pakistan risks becoming a global outlier, needlessly isolating and depriving Pakistani users and businesses of the growth potential of the internet economy. AIC Members wish to better understand the motivations and concerns underlying this proposal so that we can work collaboratively with the Government of Pakistan on solutions.
Word file of the submission can be accessed HERE.