The term “unpleasant” was used by the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication in a meeting convened by the Pakistan Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to brief the committee members on the functioning of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication. Although no one has given a reason for this damning statement, the recent incident in which a national database containing information on all taxpayers was hacked could be the motivation behind the assessment.
The results of the meeting were shared on the official page of the National Assembly and the statement came out.
“The committee expressed displeasure over the performance of some departments of the ministry, especially the cyber security cell. The committee directed the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication to address the incompetence of the cyber security cell.
Last month, the FBR’s database of taxpayers was hacked and the hackers managed to crack Microsoft’s Hyper-V software, taking down all government websites powered by the tax machinery. was FBR suspended its services for 48 hours after the incident.
“Stakeholders, who are being served by the data center, are informed that there were unexpected irregularities during the migration process, which has resulted in the unavailability of services since the early hours of last night. FBR team is ensuring restoration of services as soon as possible.
To keep downtime to a minimum. This activity is expected to be completed in the next 48 hours.
Pakistan’s telecommunication sector also faced criticism at the meeting as it failed to provide expected service to flood-affected areas. Although various telcos had announced to provide excellent and even free services to flood-affected areas in case of emergency due to heavy rains and inclement weather conditions, they have failed to follow through.
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The committee also expressed its displeasure over the problems of telecommunication services in the flood-affected areas.
A 5-member committee has been constituted to improve the services provided by Telecom in these remote areas affected by floods.
“The committee appointed a sub-committee under the convenorship of Syed Mehmood Shah, MNA to discuss and suggest measures to improve telecommunication services in remote areas of the country. Other members of the committee include Mr. Mahesh Kumar. Malani, Ms. Ayesha Rajab Ali, Ms. Jawaria Zafar Ahir, and Ms. Naz Baloch will be MNAs.
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