- PTA blocks country’s first homosexual website
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked access to the country’s first website designed to help homosexuals meet and support each other.
The website, namely www.queerpk.com, Pakistan’s first online platform for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender to network and share views opened in July–a move hailed as a step forward for the long-silent community.
The website on Thursday said it had been shut down by PTA.
“The government will ban anything that is progressive and talks about the rights of minorities,” the website said in an emailed statement.
However, PTA declined to comment on the issue. The website is still available outside Pakistan and features the slogan ‘Don’t hate us, know us!’
Being homosexual is not only unIslamic but also illegal in Pakistan. The PTA frequently blocks pages it deems as pornographic or against blasphemous.