PTA blocks 900,000 websites due to inappropriate content

PTA has blocked 900,000 URLs for reasons such as carrying blasphemous, hate comments against the state, judiciary and the armed forces.

  • Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informs the IT and Telecom committee that citizens should file complaints against unlawful content.
  • NITB bill approved by Federal Minister to control corruption and mismanagement in government offices.


PTA informed the national assembly standing committee on Information Technology and Telecom that 900,000 websites are banned over the content. Besides, the content, which contains Blasphemous, and pornographic content. It also includes the websites that publish content against the state, judiciary or the armed forces.

Complaints against unlawful content

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) informs the committee on Thursday that citizens should register complaints against unlawful content.

Although, the committee was informed that criminal activities concerning IT or mobile telephony are dealt with by FIA. PTA has ho information related to cybercrimes said, officials.

PTA officials further said that there is no law against buying new SIMs for people whose SIMs were already blocked.


Federal Minister for IT and Telecom Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui presented the national IT Board (NITB) bill in the meeting, which was approved by the committee chaired by Ali Khan Judoon.

Talking to media personnel after the meeting, Mr. Siddiqui said, “Pakistan is already lagging behind the world in many areas, including the prevalence of IT. If we do not convert our official working to e-governance now, things will go bad in times to come.”

“Heavy use” of IT will help to control corruption and mismanagement in government offices say, the minister.

NITB is a department that will operate to acquire and implement IT solutions. Furthermore,the department will be attached to the Ministry of It and Telecom to provide advocacy services to the e-government initiatives.

in addition, federal ministries and divisions will implement an e-office application after approval of the NITB bill. This will to remove shortfalls in ICT infrastructure.

Also See: At Least 5 Years Till Pakistan Gets 5G, Says PTA

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