Pakistan telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked 23,558 blasphemous web links and 763, 202 pornographic websites in Pakistan.

This information was shared by Khurram Siddiqui , PTA Director (Law) on Friday during the hearing of a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC) which sought the removal of blasphemous content.

The petition was heard by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui who was also informed that the an expression of interest has been invited for creating a firewall which is part of the technical solution to eradicate blasphemous content from the Internet. The material progress in the regard will be presented to the court before or during the next hearing.

Justice Siddiqui was satisfied with the steps taken by the PTA and remarked “this court feels that executive authorities have seriously started to act in order to execute the judgment in its letter and spirit.”

Arshad Mehmood Kayani, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) also informed the court that they have drafted the law to award similar punishment for those who falsely accuse someone of blasphemy and will be tabled in the parliament.

In the last hearing on January 26th, IHC directed the federal government to form a committee for the purpose of examining pornographic content on the web and create suggestions for its prevention. The committee was also tasked with monitoring the foreign movies for obscenity which to place a ban on them.

The issue of blasphemous content and pornographic websites in Pakistan was raised last year where many such sites have been blocked in Pakistan. Justice Siddiqui gave a firm direction to the authorities previously that they can ban public access to social media in Pakistan if that what it takes to deal with blasphemous content.

Last year, PTA also reported that around 85% of blasphemous content has been removed on Pakistan’s request. The 27 Muslim countries also came together to discuss the issue of blasphemous content on the Internet and how to curb the infectious propaganda against Islam.