PTA May Get Powers to Manage Internet and Social Media Content

According a report by The News, the PTA might be granted power to block blasphemous content and hate material on the internet and social media. The move, which would require an official summary by the PM, is part of the National Action Plan and is being portrayed as a way to weed out terrorism.

Nawaz Sharif has received a summary for dismantling the Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC), which currently oversees and identifies objectionable and blasphemous content, from the Ministry of Information Technology.

Funnily enough, the IMC has no say in the matter, courtesy of the Islamabad High Court. The Committee itself was established during PPP’s tenure in the government and oversaw the ban on YouTube.

According to sources,

“Now we have proposed creation of a separate cell within PTA to perform this important task. We are awaiting formal response of the competent authority after which the ministry will issue a directive to PTA for establishing this cell under its jurisdiction”.

Anusha Rahman, the Minister for IT, confirmed that a summary had been moved to grant powers to PTA which would allow it to regulate internet content. Sources in the PTA itself have said that it is beyond the mandate of the agency to undertake internet content management so the PTA Act would have to be changed. However, it is the belief of government sources that due to the MoIT approval, a change to the Act would not be needed.

The current letter of the law says that PTA’s functions are as follows:

  • Regulation, provision, establishment, operations and maintenance of telecom systems
  • Managing applications for use of radio frequency spectrum
  • Promoting high quality telecom services
  • Modernize telecom systems and services
  • Investigate complaints and claims against alleged infringements
  • Recommend policies to the government regarding international telecommunications
  • Support participation in international meeting and agreements for international routing of traffic
  • Perform any other assigned tasks by Federal government

via The News

Talal is a Director at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • rehman1

    they will block more porn, secular and liberal thought in order to control taliban,alqaeda,daesh bombings! not sad at all! the whole pakistani society beleives that secularism is west is to be blamed for their plight rather than sick islamic mindset! lgay raho janab hm to chalay is ghatiya mulk say

  • Jahanzeb

    1) Take this news with a handful of salt. (because of the source)
    2) PTA hai bhai!!… kya expect karte ho? :v

  • sputnikfan

    This is what happens when you put a lawyer in charge of the IT ministry. She only knows how to increase government regulation and censorship and that is exactly what she is doing. Similarly the finance minister is an accountant and not an economist so he does the only thing he knows how to do which is to manipulate numbers and make the economy look better than it really is.

    • Bilal Iqbal

      What about NSA… not supporting it but realities are there…:(

      • Arsalan Shah

        NSA only monitors content. Doesn’t block it!

        As there’s a wise saying, if the enemy removes his pants, pakistani government trying to compete them will also remove their underwear along with pants, just to show they’re the big sh|t..

        • Bilal Iqbal

          Lol…example ( thumb up)

    • Muhammad Aamir

      I’m unable understand the mystery behind this type of block. The more the traffic, the more they will earn, the more tax will be collected. If our government block a single SIM they loss money. Our government is interested to collect money and to waste money!! WHAT THE HECK!!!

  • Mohammad

    Please don’t say ” ghatiya mulk”.

    • Harry

      They Will Block More Porn :(

    • Fake Persona

      نجس اور ناپاک کیسا رہے گا؟

  • Murtaza

    Ghatya mulk nhi log hotei hai

    • rehman1

      ghatiya logon say hi ghatiya mulk bantay hain

  • Guy Chauhan

    crowd control. yahan qom nahe rash lga hua he. qom ki tarbiat nae he jungle law he. hm to kb se chahtay hn ki nikln is mulk se. but pakistani honay ka aik or problem ye he ki visa restrictions or b sakht hn and even more expensive. bhagnay valo ko b lut’ty hn.

  • ADMIN

    THE MATTER COMES UNDER THE PURVIEW OF NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION AND IT SECURITY BOARD(NTISB). PTA IS UNDER ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROL OF CABINET DIVISION, WHEREAS NTISB IS ALSO UNDER CABINET DIVISION. SO WHAT IS THE ISSUE OF PTA WITH REGARD TO POWER AND FUNCTION OF SUBJECT MATTER.

    • Shahid Saleem

      Yes, why don’t you share your name, age, list of last 1000 sites opened on your browser?

      Oh, you don’t want to share it? BUt you should share deteails with PTA for national security reasons!!

  • ADMIN

    I THINK INSTEAD OF DOING ANY CHANGE IN ACT ETC, THERE IS DIRE NEED OF SOLE CONTENT REGULATOR, AS GOING FORWARD FOR CONVERGENCE AND UPCOMING ICT POLICY OF THE SECTOR. HONORABLE MINISTER IS VERY WISE AND COMPETENT ENOUGH TO TACKLE THE ISSUES, WHICH WERE BEYOND THE CAPACITY OF MANY POLICY MAKERS SINCE LONG. IN ANY MINISTRY OR GOVT DEPT, MAIN ISSUE IS COMPLIANCE OF POLICIES AND POLICY MAKING. WHICH SHE IS DOING VERY SMARTLY.

    • Shahid Saleem

      honourable minister ===lied=== about unblocking youtube and repeatedly did not cooproerate with LHC to get information about block

      Not competent at all.

      • Guest

        also block Shahid Saleem ID though he hasn’t a FACEBOOK ID :P

        • Shahid Saleem

          What does Facebook have to do with anything?

  • Fake Persona

    Ban internet in Pakistan!!!
    Ban mobile phones in Pakistan!!!
    Ban TV in Pakistan!!!
    Ban everything, still it is never getting over the mess that has been created in over 60 years…
    Bangladesh jub 1971 may alag hoa tha or jo qatal-wo-garatgiri hoi thi, us waqt konsa internet ya mobile phone thay???

  • Najam

    itna hi masla h to shadi karlo bhai.

  • G.G.G

    Hona Kuch b nahi……end pe FB ko b block kr daly gein