Blocking of porn websites

Published: November 18, 2011

KARACHI: This is with reference to your report of November 17 titled “PTA approved: Over 1,000 porn sites blocked in Pakistan”. Surely the government and its telecom regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, have better things to do than to block porn websites. Don’t we have other pressing issues to deal with? Also, will they blocks the hundreds of millions of websites that are found all over the internet? Will that not slow down the speed of browsing because the filters will slow down speeds? How is that going to help anyone? Why is this country and its government so prone to banning things? Haven’t we heard of programmes like Netsurf and Net Nanny?

And, at the risk of being labelled a pervert, may I ask what is the harm if an adult watches porn in the safety of his own home? How does that hurt anyone?

A reader

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Nov 19, 2011 - 12:52AM

    i appreciate PTA decision.

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  • Shakky
    Nov 19, 2011 - 1:51AM

    This is an excellent letter and I completely agree with it. A Fox News article in July 2010 asserted that Pakistan led the world in online searches for porn. Banning online sites won’t change that fact. Neither does it mean that Pakistanis are perverts (regardless of what Fox News may say) – it is quite human and normal to have an interest in sex.

    If the government wants to see a reduction in online searches for porn, a better approach would be to loosen the moral strictures which have been in place since the time of Zia ul Haq. A bit of hanky panky with the opposite sex builds self confidence and social skills. Unless, of course, the self appointed keepers of morality in this country prefer to have people searching the Internet for “donkey sex”, “horse sex” and “dog sex”.Recommend

  • parvez
    Nov 19, 2011 - 11:31AM

    I second the contents of the letter

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  • Akhtar Nawaz
    Nov 19, 2011 - 1:42PM

    They can take away my freedom but if they take away my porn, somebody’s gonna get hurt reaaaal bad!

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  • raheel
    Nov 22, 2011 - 6:28PM

    Well, What a wonderful letter the express tribune has published.

    I always believed Media has main responsibility as well as power to change the world and now by publishing this it has clearly highlighted that, Media Supports porn and thats why they have let this article to be published.

    To all the perverts out there, Pakistan is a Muslim State and being a Muslim by practice is the only Muslim instead of those muslims, that are just having the title on due to their inheritance. Pornography should be banned completely because it not only violates our islamic values and teachings but it also contradicts with our social and moral values.

    Watching Sex and such websites, develops such mental harmones, which once addicted to, It is very difficult for anyone to get rid of. Human looses its character, its thinking capabilities and physical health by indulging into watching pornography.

    After seeing the above comments, I really feel ashamed of our nation’s thinking, and if we dont stop it now, the day when our children will watch porn in front of us and do sexual activities recklessly is not away. So please think and then act. I appreciate governments action for doing this finally.

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  • Kashif Shahzad
    Dec 17, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Honestly Pakistan is becoming one intolerant country to live in, where is the basic right that everyone should have, the right to choose for himself. The recent banning by PTA proves that Pakistanis are perverts and need a nanny to behave. Lets see what future outcomes are likely to be, my guess is following shall happen;

    A boom in the pirated CD markets, if you don’t provide them online, they will buy it from alternative source, net result “People will still be watching porn”.
    What used to go with the tissue paper in the paper basket, will now help explode the population in a country that really needs population control measures. Net result ” More people to monitor.”
    As the OP said, what is the harm if an adult watches porn in the privacy of his home? If people don’t watch porn, and pull themselves down from the sexually charged state, they are likely to step in and do the acts in real world, porn provides a fantasy world of satisfying a basic human need, i.e Sex. Net result “Increase in human trafficking to meet the demands of red light districts,”

    There is a long list of outcomes, I have picked few for demonstration purpose. Islam has prohibited adulatory, and at the same time has placed strong punishments, what do you think, that banning ends the misery, no it will push people to commit adulatory and later face harsh consequences. My guess is that there will be howling when people have to face punishment. And as we have injected the religion here, how about knowing that a man shall be punished for the sin he has committed, so let the man decide for himself what is right or wrong for himself, and let the Ultimate one to judge. Why do we have to do the parenting job for the whole society?

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  • Skeptic
    Jan 2, 2012 - 12:34AM

    Well its obvious, people will now use free proxy servers (thousands of available via google) to enter the pornographic websites that are banned by PTA. Then whats difference does it make if govt block or allow them? As a matter of fact as Kashif Shahzad said, “it will increase the human trafficking to meet the demands of addicted people and will create more chaos and hence more perverts” But why the hell PTA doesn’t understand it, There are hundreds of ways people will find ways to access porn online and offline. Maybe they should create an Anti-Porn-Committee that can break into people homes and search their pc for pornographic material if they really wanna stop porn, Blocking the sites alone wont do that job.

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  • Aqua
    Jan 15, 2012 - 5:26AM

    i totally agree with mr. kashif shahzad
    banning the websites is not going to solve anything.

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