PTA Starts Registration of Social Media Companies for Regulating Online Content

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has started the registration of social media companies under ‘Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2021.’

The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has formulated the rules under Section 37 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016.

According to the ministry’s notification in exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (2) of sections 37 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016, (XL of 2016), the federal government approved the rules prescribed by the PTA.

Social Media Company having half a million users requires separate registration for each application/service. Form shall be submitted through e-mail as well as through postal address. PTA may seek additional information if required. The Social Media Company shall immediately notify Authorized Compliance Officer and Grievance Officer details in case of any change, PTA added.

According to the registration forms, the social media company will be required to give the company name, type of service/application, website, the number of users in Pakistan (at the time of registration), country of origin, company authorization letter (to be attached with this form), and authorized grievance officer details.

As per the rules, a significant social media company or a service provider would be degraded, blocked, or imposed with a penalty of up to Rs. 500 million, if it fails to remove or block access to the online content or to comply with the directions.

These rules bind the social media companies to remove or block access to online content — considered necessary in the interest of the glory of Islam, security, public order, decency and morality, and integrity or defence of Pakistan. Further, the rules provide for safeguards, processes, and mechanisms for the exercise of powers by the Authority under the Act for the removal of or blocking access to unlawful online content through any information system.

The new rules have relaxed the earlier condition of establishing an office in Pakistan within six months of the coming into force of rules and stated that upon the direction of the Authority, establish an office in Pakistan, as and when feasible.

The rules stated that “the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Rules 2020” hereinafter called the repealed rules, are hereby repealed.

The new rules shall apply only to those licensees, which provide social media or social network services. The rules provided that the authority shall not restrict, disrupt the flow, or disseminate any online content unless it considers it necessary for the reasons as prescribed in Section 37(1) of the Act subject to due process of law.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Over one mln people registered successfully for Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Program: Dr. Sania

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar has said that more than one million people have registered successfully for Ehsaas Rashan Riayat Program so far.

Talking to media persons during a visit to Hassan Abdal, she said as many as 40 million people have submitted their data in the portal since the start of the registration process.

Dr Sania said an individual of the household can get registered under this program an monthly subsidy of one thousand rupees will be given to each family.

Meanwhile, addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Sunday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar has said Ehsaas Rashan Programme is aimed at providing relief to downtrodden and marginalized segments of society. She said under the Ehsaas Rashan program launched by the federal government edible items are being provided to people at low price.

She said that as many as 20 million families identified through the recently completed Ehsaas survey will benefit from the programme.

The Special Assistant said the Ehsaas Rashan provides a subsidy of 1,000 rupees a month to each of the 20 million families on the purchase of flour, pulses, ghee and cooking oil.

Dr. Sania Nishtar said the citizens can get information on website for their registration to get benefit of the programme that would begin in December and continue for three weeks.

Earlier talking to media in Hassan Abdal, she said as 40 million people have submitted teir datga in the portal and One million people have successfully registered for Ehsas Rashan Programme.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt to continue support to Kashmiris in achieving right to self-determination: AJK PM

Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Abdul Qayyum Niazi says the government will continue its moral, political and diplomatic support to their Kashmiri brethren in achieving their Right to Self-determination.

Addressing the cheque distribution ceremony to the people of LoC at District Kotli of Azad Kashmir today [Sunday], he said unarmed people of occupied Kashmir are fighting against well equipped Indian armed forces.

The Prime Minister said our vigilant armed forces have the support of people of Kashmir and Pakistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan