Trend to watch pornography has significantly decreased in Pakistan – PTA

Chairman PTA announced it during a meeting of Senate's standing committee.

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Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) Amir Azeem Bajwa says that the trend of watching pornography has sharply declined in Pakistan. He shared it while addressing a meeting of the Senate’s standing committee on information technology.  Senator Rubina Khalid presided over the session.

Rubina showed concern over a story being propagated over social media, claiming that 14 maund gold has been found in her house during an investigation. Director of Cyber Crime informed her that he has already written to Facebook about it and a report is expected within 7 weeks.

Nealy a million pornography sites have been blocked in Pakistan:

Speaking to the committee, Amir Azeem Bajwa said that 0.8 million websites containing sexually explicit content have been blocked in Pakistan so far. Bajwa presented the statistics while briefing about the available record of child pornography.

While the issue has been under debate since the recent surge in occurrence and reporting of cases of child abuse,  recently the Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari stated that Pakistan stands number one in child pornography.

“This matter is in every stratum of our society. In order to put an end to incidents of sexual abuse of children, we need to launch collective efforts” stated Shireen Mazari.

Bajwa said that 2,384 among the blocked sites has child porn or sexually explicit content. He added that PTA constantly is in contact with Interpol and no evidence of such content being uploaded from Pakistan has been found yet.

However, people are still viewing it using VPN, for which PTA has already blocked 11000 of such proxies. Bajwa further added that they are formulating a new strategy to curb the use of VPN and Google has assured its full support in this regard.

To get any site having such content blocked, people can directly send URL to the telecommunication authority and they will urgently take action against it.

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