IT ministry shelves plan to install massive URL blocking system

The Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) has apparently decided to shelve its plans to install a massive URL blocking system.

The MoIT, through its research arm, the nation’s Information & Communication Technology Research and Development Fund had thorough a public advertisement on Feb 23, 2012,

On Monday, Member National Set up Bushra Gohar confirmed to the MoIT had made the decision to reverse its decision. “Secretary IT Farooq Ahmed Awan stated in my experience the URL project continues to be withdrawn because of the concern proven by various stakeholders,” the legislator from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa stated.

Welcoming the move, Gohar stated that they would request Secretary IT to produce an inquiry against individuals published the advertisement without correct consultation.

Meanwhile, the MoIT has neither confirmed nor refused the report. Naseem Akhter Bhatti, the MoIT representative, stated the ministry was only some of the stakeholder, which Pakistan Telecommunication Authority  (PTA) too would be a stakeholder. An argument within the project is going to be released tomorrow.

The PTA had earlier mentioned its PTA sources had stated a week ago that, being the telecom regulator in the united states, they’d implement guidelines to bar websites with “blasphemous, not-Islamic, offensive, objectionable, dishonest, and immoral material,” according to their mandate, as well as per instructions in the government.

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