Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb has urged the social media users to refrain from negative propaganda against constitutional institutions of the state.
In a statement, she warned the social media users and website owners to refrain from posting fake news against the government and Pakistan armed forces.
Those, who are using social media for slanderous and negative propaganda against the constitutional state institutions, are warned to desist from this undesirable activity.
Moreover, the minister said all the suspicious accounts, which are being used for propaganda against these entities, are under strict surveillance and action will be taken against the users of these accounts under the law.
Cyber Terrorism has Hefty Penalties:
It is worth noting that according to The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, such acts are considered cyber terrorism and the offenders could be punished with imprisonment for 14 years or 50 million rupees fine or with both.
The Minister further said that it was very unfortunate that ‘abusive’ content was being posted on social media against Pakistan Army and the Prime Minister, even after the issues between the institutions have been solved peacefully.
She said the tradition of maligning institutions should now come to an end by few quarters of both electronic and social media.