PTA directed to block websites, pages containing blasphemous material


ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to immediately block all the websites and pages containing blasphemous material against Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

The directives were issued by the Senate chairman here on Thursday while admitting an adjournment motion moved by Senator Muhammad Ali Khan Saif regarding the continuous display of abusive and blasphemous material against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on the internet.

Senator Muhammad Ali Saif said that although on the directions of Islamabad High Court the PTA had blocked most of such websites and pages, however on social media, there were many pages where such abusive discussion was going unnoticed by the authorities concerned.

He asked the upper house to direct the authorities concerned to take notice of such abuses and take immediate action against the people involved in disseminating the abusive material on the internet.

Meanwhile, the Senate deferred an adjournment motion regarding the recent increase in prices of petroleum products by the caretaker government which will further burden the poor masses, due to non-availability of the movers, Senators Sirajul Haq and Mushtaq Ahmed.

During the course of proceedings, the Senate also laid a report of Standing Committee on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination on the bill to repeal the West Pakistan Juvenile Smoking Ordinance, 1959, to the extent of Islamabad Capital Territory (The West Pakistan Juvenile Smoking (Repeal) Bill, 2018.

On behalf of Senator Mohsin Aziz, Senator Behramand Tangi presented another report of Standing Committee on Petroleum on a point of public importance raised by Senator Imamuddin Shouqeen on May 15, 2018, regarding non-installation of RO Plants by the E&P companies operation in District Sanghar, which was laid by the Senate.