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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has left instructions to all the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to blocking many websites following the Supreme Court’s direct for removing any objectionable content that is available to the Pakistani users.

ISPs were instructed to remove over 400,000 adult websites were ordered to be removed from access on Monday. Sites which have porn content or smut are stopped at the base level. Over 429,343 websites with porn were listed in the directive issued.

PTA has been instructed to restrict access to offensive and immoral material available online. The order said that

PTA should take remedial steps to quantify the nefarious phenomenon of obscenity and pornography that has an imminent role to corrupt and vitiate the youth of Pakistan.

The order issued on 12th January 2016 says that internet is very useful in knowing about the developments happening globally around the world which makes internet to be encouraged so as to have people gain more knowledge from global institutions and that the information should be qualified in such a way that objectionable and immoral content is restricted and removed before reaching the users.

The order says that wicked content “has the potential to corrupt and vitiate the youth. This aspect of the subject has to be thought over holistically so that the negative part of the information may not spoil our young generation.”

This is just a preventive measure against offensive content and the present list of the 400,000 websites will be blocked by all the ISPs on their networks.

ISPs say that the list is a big one and a challenge which will be taking a lot of time. They say that it will be needing system-wide changes and special equipment and time. Due to legal requirements all ISPs started implementing PTAs restriction over their networks.

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