PASHA — Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and IT-enabled services sector — has announced a new partnership that will benefit its members.
In a post on LinkedIn, PASHA shared that it has partnered with a renowned tech law firm, Jamil & Jamil, through which it would offer legal advice to its members at discounted rates.
The association would also offer a free one-time consultation.
PASHA was formed in 1992 by several software and information technology companies, which wanted to create a functional trade body for the industry.
It now has over 600 members, according to the association’s website. Since its inception, the association has expanded to include BPO companies, call centres, animation companies, gaming companies, consulting companies, system integrators and startups.
During this time, PASHA has given input on government policies to ensure that an encouraging environment is created and incentives are offered to companies in the IT sector. It also regularly conducts workshops, conferences and trainings for the sector’s growth.
Besides this, it also sponsors career events and salary services, sends trade delegations and participates in international exhibitions, and creates networking opportunities for its members.
Meanwhile, Zahid Jamil, a barrister at the law firm, has over 30 years of experience including in offering legal and policy advice on information technology, e-commerce, electronic data interchange, telematic data interchange, software development, internet and intranet, patents and trademarks, and contractual and evidential issues.
According to the firm’s website, he was the core drafter of the Electronic Transactions Act, 2002. At present, he is working on drafts related to cybercrime laws, electronic banking laws, telecommunication and convergence laws, and anti-trust laws for the IT sector.
Zahid is the chairman of ICC Pakistan e-Business, IT and Telecoms Commission and vice-chair of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business’ legal group, among others.