PTA Chairman suggests govt to block social media websites over blasphemous content

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa on Friday told a Senate panel that the government should either increase the body’s “technical capabilities” or block social media websites in the country in order to stop the circulation of “blasphemous content”.

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While briefing the Senate Special Committee to examine purported grievances, Bajwa said: “[Dealing with] blasphemous content on social media is a huge problem. Most of the websites are being operated from other countries.”

“The government should either formulate a policy and block social media websites in the country like China and the United Arab Emirates — [which would mean] developing social media platforms locally like China — or it should increase the technical capabilities of the PTA,” he said.

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