ISLAMABAD: The federal government has taken action by restricting access to 219 websites following recommendations from law enforcement agencies and various government departments.
These websites were flagged for containing explicit content, blasphemous material, and anti-state content.
According to sources, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) implemented the blocks based on suggestions from entities such as ISI, FIA, CTD Punjab, SECP, SBP, BISP, Ministry of Religious Affairs, NADRA, PTML, Ufone, Jazz, Fauji, and Foundation.
The Central Bank and FIA specifically advised PTA to block E-currency platforms and websites featuring explicit or blasphemous content. Furthermore, SECP recommended blocking websites related to loan lending.
ISI played a role in identifying and blocking spoofing and other malicious websites. Additionally, PTA, based on the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ recommendation, took measures to block websites hosting blasphemous content. PTA also independently blocked websites, including DIRBS and AWT Investment Company spoofing, in response to public requests.