Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday revealed that 2384 pornography websites were blocked. This was revealed while he was briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunications which met with Rubina Khalid in the chair here on Wednesday. PTA chairman said according to Google’s statistics, child pornography trend was declining in Pakistan because of effective monitoring of such websites in recent months.
The committee chairman and members stated that their fear and concern is that “our children are not used for this purpose and whether such material is being made in Pakistan”.
Child Pornography Trend Declines in Pakistan: PTA
The parliamentary penal underlined the need of legislation for making the use of technology secure after some members complained that electronic fraud and misuse of technology has been on the rise in the country.
The committee expressed serious concern over misuse of social media after Rubina Khalid told that committee how she made a complained with the relevant department of the ministry and others when a page was uploaded at social media that a huge quantity of gold was recovered from her home.
Senator Rehman Malik stated that increasing trend of publication of news in social media is needed to be stopped by making legislation. The senator complained of receiving a large number of messages on their mobile phones.
After a detailed discussion, the committee decided to form a subcommittee and directed it submit the report within the week with suggestions that what legislative and administrative measures could be prevented misuse of social media.
On agenda items moved by Senator Mir Kabir Shami regarding Balochistan quota in appointments in the Ministry was being adhered, the committee was told that total strength of manpower in the ministry and its attached department is 5319 and quota allows 6 percent recruitment from Balochistan.
Minister for IT Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said that acknowledged that legal requirements may have been met with regard to recruitment at the federal level on the basis of quota; however, there is need to fulfill the requirements of justice.
Director FIA told the committee that since August 2016 when the law regarding prevention of crimes against children was adopted, 13 cases of child pornography were reported to the FIA.
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