ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday reiterated its stance to provide a cost effective, automated and transparent system for blocking websites that promote “blasphemous and objectionable content.”
PTA, being the telecom regulator in the country, will implement policies to block websites with “blasphemous, un-Islamic, offensive, objectionable, unethical, and immoral material.”
Talking to APP, official sources in PTA said, “We will also see the viability of permanently blocking the websites involved in unethical and illegal activities.”
PTA’s mandate is to regulate the telecommunication system in Pakistan, officials said adding that it does not regulate content transmitted directly or indirectly, nor does it control the sources of the content outside Pakistan.
The sources further said that PTA, as and when directed by government, blocks websites through its licensees.
An Inter-Ministerial Committee was constituted in 2006 to evaluate materials and requests, for blocking websites and gave recommendations to the Ministry of Information Technology for issuance of necessary directives after scrutiny, for filtering and blocking by PTA.
The Lahore High Court, in various cases, has also provided guidelines for strict action against offensive websites.
The Inter-Ministerial Committee keeps a vigilant eye on the websites and in case of any objectionable material concerning the “religious faith of any group”, is bound to take prompt action.