Exclusive: Original Source of SMS Ban Lists Revealed

am-i-depressedThe whole world has ridiculed the list of over 1,500 banned keywords that was allegedly prepared by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, to be filtered by mobile phone companies for SMS communication before it got leaked last week.

PTA hasn’t denied the list so far, so we are assuming that the list was indeed issued by the authority for SMS filtration.

ProPakistani has now got hands over the original source of English and Urdu lists, which were apparently copied as they were to produce this list of banned keywords to be sent out to operators for the filtration.

Before we go into details here are lists of banned keywords issued by PTA:

Grabbing the original list wasn’t hard. The way I predicted earlier in the morning, someone at PTA indeed used Google to get lists of dirty words for English and Urdu Language.

For English he/she found this websites with plenty of words, copied it as a whole and dispatched it to the operators.

Here is the URL: http://outsports.com/nfl/2005/0301nflshopnaughtywords.htm

Interesting point to mention here is that this list (labeled as “NFL’s 1,159 Naughty Words”) was originally prepared in 2005 and words/phrases in it were actually disallowed to be used for personalized jerseys sold by NFL Shop (National Football League shop).

Just in case if you don’t know, people can get customized words and phrases on jerseys/shirts of their favorite teams/clubs/leagues.

So now we better know on how and why “Creamy pie”, “Monkey Crotch” and other daily life words, which are not obscene at all, got included in the list of banned SMS keywords.

Urdu list was prepared in pretty similar manner, and here are original sources:


From what it appears, dirty words from Guajarati were also included in the list, for instance a word “Sandas” (a term from Urdu list) is from Guajarati language, which of course doesn’t mean much for Pakistanis.

If you look closely at the list of Urdu keywords, it has a term “Phrase” (keywords number 55 in PTA’s list), which I suppose was included in the list by mistake while copying the table from above mentioned URLs. From this one can conclude that the person responsible for preparing the list was in hurry as well, and hadn’t enough time to proof read the list.

Clearly, the whole process was completed without any consultation or home work. This is something we don’t expect from an institute like PTA. Hopefully they will take all the necessary measures to make sure that such a blunder isn’t repeated again.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Are they kidding the nation :-p “Crap” “shit” “Fuck” anyone can end up using these and many more of them in their SMS.

    Not in their true sense but are very common as slang part of our languages.

    Filter them all N i assure you, it will cut sms traffic by 50% …

  • There were soooo many words that are not abusive or ‘bad’ in English words list.

    anyways, but list in urdu has got seriously abusive and slang words. Mr.admin don’t you think it is not appropriate to publish this list in public..there are kids and a lot of females might be reading this?

    Your post may be creating a negative impact,it’s not just ‘sharing the news’.. think about it!!

    I’d strongly request to remove the urdu words list from here. Those who want to see, should ask the admin to share the document.

    Who is agreeing with me on this?

    Expecting reply from admin.


  • This is the introduction of 3G services in Pakistan after such hard work by PTA.

    It was a matter a national interest and a technological marvel we needed badly to compete with other countries.

  • Good investigation. This is proof enough that whole issue was handled with absolute carelessness.

    Among 180 million of us there are few who have failed to evolve beyond ape stage. they regularly commit a folly and then US/ India media looking for anything wrong in Pakistan run away with it.

    The guy who signed the letter (talib dogar if we have to believe letter appearing in news papers) should be fired for making a whole nation laughing stock of the world. chairman pta also now needs to seriously think about a graceful exit, this one has gone far enough.

  • Omg Jokers what are they doing :P
    Look at the list of urdu words :P
    Omg Funny list :P
    ek sentence ye hai :P
    Jab to paida hoa tha to …… :P lol

  • i dont care coz i dont use slang and i,ll mannered lang in sms , so i m safe but those how do r angry hahahha lol

  • Bewakoof Bhains ! just checking if PTA is even filtering comments on blogs now =P LOL

    On an even more humorous note: The Urdu list had phrases which I didn’t even know before. Thanks PTA and Aamir bhai for getting familiar us with those epic slang urdu terms.

    LMAO < (your text just got censored and blocked) #Fail

  • @ amir (admin) aap ko ye list yahan nahi deni chaiye thi,aap ko nahi pata yahan chooti age k visitors bhi atey hain aur is list main jo words hain wo un ki age k liye suitable nahi.pata nahi kahan gai aap ki censorship ,ab tu is blog pe comments main mainey khud galian dekhi hain .shame on u admin phelay tu aap ki censorship kaafi strick thi likin lagta hai aap ko bhi sasti shurat ya paison ki “hawa” lag gai hai :(

      • @smurf yahan chooti age walon k barey main likha hai ,meri age tu shayad tum se bhi zyda ho.agar koi 11 12 saal ka bacha ye parhey tu us k demagh pe jo bura asar ho ga wo tum jesay “Roshan Khayal “loog nahi jaan saktey ,jo sirf duniya aur duniya walo ki fikar kartey hain wo tumarey jesay hi loog hotey hain.

    • What do you think kids and teens of new generation don’t know what does the word f*** means or what does c***** mean (I witnessed a kid of Beconhouse school using such phrases for his/her friends)?You should think positive and come out of the world of fantasies rather making illusions and distracting people from the mainstream discussion

      • bhai jin ko pata hai to un ko pata hai na yahan par post honay par tu sab ko pata chal gya hai aur yeh knowledge hona koi zaroori nahi.

  • Funny thing is, list English list ends on ‘Y’, & there is no Zardari, so it means PTA does not mind dragging our presidents name in slang ;-)

  • Absurd.. I wish PTA used its efforts on some productive side like 3G etc.. Seems like it worked too hard for bringing this kind of outcome..

    Now in all message like “” Ap Kab Ayen Gay?”, there is a ban by PTA – Wah PTA teri soch ko salam! huh

  • No issues… It is a good try for something good atleast. Hope they will learn lesson from mistakes of this time & will not do such mistakes again. But anyway keep up the good work PTA!!!! :)

  • This kind of attitude is very common in Pakistani corporate environments. However, this person should have thought that the task they are performing will effect the daily communication of millions of people.

  • One official can know few words, how one can know thousands. So they got help from searching the net.
    Do you want that one should get admission in university for that or recruited person should qualify for in the recruitment test.

    It is an other discussion either they should impose ban or not?

  • Its depressing, rather than banning Alcoholic Drinks … Bribe … Corruption … illeagle activities … they are going hardcore to ban sms words … Seriously ! …

    Wake up idiots … ban sale of Liqour from My Pakistan’s Streets ..

    The person who came up with this Idea and the List must be pretty much drunk

  • ak naya tareka apni govt ko galiun se bachane ka….
    rehman malik sb kahte hien ke hum sms pe afwahein phelane walon pe action lein gein or mulk mein jo itne crime ho rhe hein karachi mein jo qatal o garat ka bazar garam tha us ka faisala to aya nhi awan ke samne phr jo din dehare chori daka agwa ho rha hai un pe to koi action nhi han agar action hai to un pe ko in ki ghalat policies are chorri bazari pe sms protest kar hein….ak to churri uper se seena zori wah re chulbul malik tu or teri politics jo marzi kar le galian phr b parni hai jo karna hai kisi ka kar lo…..

  • ak word mein b likh deta hun add it “chulbul malik”
    “venna rabbani kher”
    “ya to ap khud sajh jaein”
    “wohi wohi”
    “andha welder”
    “qanon ki kitab”
    jo marzi kar lo we are pakistani tum logon ke lie kuch or dhoodh lein gein gein likin zalil karna nhi chorein gein ya humara haq hai or haq lena jante hein hum….

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