PTA Temporarily Blocks WordPress.com in Pakistan
3 years ago
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, in a recent development, has asked Pakistani Internet service providers to block the access of WordPress.com in Pakistan. As of now, the website is inaccessible on all major Pakistani ISPs.
Just to be recalled, WordPress is a blogging platform that hosts millions of blogs from across the world.
While we don’t have any word from PTA on why this decision was made and on what grounds such popular and so widely used blogging platform was blocked, we anticipate that it will get unblocked soon.
Not to be mentioned, PTA was just granted the powers to monitor content on Internet and block any indecent, blasphemous or anti state website. Previously such decisions were made by inter-ministerial committee that was dissolved on directions of a recently issued court order. Prime minister of Pakistan, after inter-ministerial committee was dissolved, granted PTA the authority to control content on the Internet.
We have seen PTA in past making decisions in haste, and later reversing them.
This is a developing story and we will update it when we get any further details.
A source at Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has confirmed ProPakistani that WordPress.com is temporarily blocked in Pakistan due to severe issues related to national security. It appears now that blocking decision is somewhat related to Pakistan day.
Source, who wanted to remain unnamed, said that exact content that caused the blockade can’t be revealed due to seriousness of the matter.
Source further confirmed that WordPress.com will be unblocked in two days from now.
Authorities say that the matter that triggered the blockade has been resolved.