Pakistan legalized the use of electronic signatures in the year 2002. The hectic stamping and paper based procedures were waived by the Electronic Transaction Ordinance, 2002.

Governing Regulation:

The Electronic Transaction Ordinance is an act that gives the same legal recognition to all the documents, records, information, communication and transaction- signed electronically as ones executed with a traditional wet ink signature.
The Act further extends the protection under law for electronically executed documents by giving it same legal recognition, enforceability, admissibility, validity as traditional documents.
The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed our lifestyles and how one conducts business. Most non-essential companies have established completely remote work setups. This “new normal” has concentrated more attention on electronic means of transactions. The “new normal” in the age of Covid-19 proceeds to facilitate the use of eSignatures.

Key Elements of a Valid Electronic Signature:

Simple Electronic Signatures: The following are the key elements of a valid eSignature per the law in Pakistan:

Electronic Signatures backed with Certificate: An advanced eSignature must comply with the requirements of a simple eSignature in addition to being accredited by the Certification Council to be valid and enforceable as per the laws of Pakistan.

Documents that cannot be e-signed in Pakistan:


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