[Pakistan] AIC Submits Comments on Pakistan Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020 (June 2020)

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The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) has submitted comments and recommendations on PTA’s survey questionnaire regarding the Pakistan Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020 (“Rules”). We feel that this important topic necessitates a credible, wide-ranging and transparent consultation process. In addition to publishing a survey questionnaire, we strongly recommend that PTA and the Government of Pakistan put in place a comprehensive framework for the consultation, including a paper or exposure draft that outlines details on the government’s proposed regulatory approach. A consultation paper should seek extensive public policy input, which will inform the development of a holistic public policy approach to deal with the issues at hand, and if needed, ask about and inform the contours of any future additional regulatory or legislative framework. We hope to engage constructively in this consultation to help fulfill this joint ambition. As PTA was recently recognized as a 4th Generation Regulator, we are confident that it will be well-positioned to lead this process.