Pakistan’s Senate recently approved a bill proposing changes to the Pakistan Army Act of 1952. These changes are designed to penalize anyone who shares sensitive information about Pakistan’s national security or its Army without the proper permission. The person could be imprisoned for up to five years if found guilty.
However, if approval has been granted by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) or an authorized officer, then sharing such information won’t be seen as unauthorized.
The new bill introduces additional sections, such as Section 55-A, which deals with conflicts of interest; Section 55-B, related to electronic crimes—and Section 55-C, which pertains to defamation.
Section 55-B states that if someone breaks the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca) to belittle or mock the Pakistani armed forces, they will face punishment as set out in the Peca law.
Section 55-C suggests that anyone subject to the Army Act, who insults or attempts to damage the reputation of the Pakistani armed forces, may face up to two years in jail or be fined, or both.