PTA blocks website in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked the website for viewership in the country. The PTA had approached the administrator of website for removing the unlawful online content from the website, in violation of section 295-A, 298-B and 298-C of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and per se abuse of Article 260 (3) and Article 31 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

In accordance with the provisions of Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguard), Rules, 2020 (“Rules”), the administrator of the website was directed to remove the unlawful content.

It was also given an opportunity of hearing (virtual/physical) to explain its position before the Authority, which it did not avail. Given the sensitivity of the matter, PTA, in exercise of powers conferred under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and the Rules, blocked the website for viewership in Pakistan.

Regarding news appearing in international media about blocking the website, the Authority clarified that action taken by PTA is in accordance with the legal provisions of country laws, applicable in the territory of Pakistan.

Source : The News


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