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71 fake accounts of Pakistan politicians taken down

Social media platforms take months to respond to PTA

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April 9, 2019


You can now register your imported mobile phone till March 28

The government has extended the deadline to register your mobile phone by 60 days

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January 30, 2019


Bilawal and Murad’s names to be removed from the no-fly list

Federal cabinet gave the approval on Thursday

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January 17, 2019


Report reveals corruption worth billions in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan 3G, 4G licences

An audit report shows that a total loss of Rs74b has been incurred due to the PTA’s negligence

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November 28, 2018


PTA blocks 800,000 websites and pages for blasphemous, anti-state and other objectionable content

It also cracked down on pages that had defamatory content, pornography and hate speech

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October 19, 2018


The PTA is blocking unregistered mobile phones after Oct 20

Smuggled phones with the same IMEI number will be targeted

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October 12, 2018


Malaysia’s Axiata cancels $940 million deal to acquire a Pakistani telecoms tower company

The deal was scrapped after some sale conditions were not met

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September 18, 2018


NAB to investigate Bahria Town’s illegal occupation of land in Murree

The NAB chairperson has given the go ahead for several inquiries against politicians and government officers. One of the cases is against Bahria Town’s illegal occupation of land. A meeting of NAB’s executive board, presided over by its chairperson, gave the green light for inquiries against politicians and government officials. Some of the cases that…

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August 4, 2018


47 million 3G/4G subscribers in Pakistan: PTA

NEWS DESK: There are 47 million 3G/4G subscribers in Pakistan, according to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) data available on its website. According to the data, there are 143 million cellular subscribers, 47 million 3G/4G subscribers and 50 million broadband subscribers registered with the authority. In contrast, Fixed Local Line Subscribers in the country are only 3…

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December 22, 2017


Internet banking on rise in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The adaptation of Internet and mobile banking has witnessed a remarkable growth as the number of users and their use of the banking services through advanced and convenient channels are on the rise. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued the ‘Regulations for Technical Implementation of Mobile Banking, 2016’ to formulate the mechanism of introducing…

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December 7, 2017


3G/4G, broadband subscribers in Pakistan touch 46 million marks

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is witnessing a reasonable broadband growth as 3G/4G and other Internet subscribers have touched 48 million mark till September 30, 2017, registering 22.6 per cent tele-density in this domain. As per statistics issued by regluator –  Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) here on Wednesday, there exists 141 million total mobile users in the country…

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November 15, 2017


This is how PTA will curb blasphemous material on social media

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced various steps to curb blasphemous content from Social Media websites. PTA has established a web analysis cell where 25 personnel are working solely on identifying unlawful contents on internet including the blasphemous material. According to PTA official, PTA has received 8,000 complaints via email, out of which 188…

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November 8, 2017


PTA directed to test 5G tech before its commercial availability

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has been directed to initiate the 5G tests in the market before the technology is commercially available after 2020. A spokesperson of the Ministry told APP on Monday that the federal cabinet has approved the launch of 5G technology in the country. It has has directed PTA to conduct initial…

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October 23, 2017


PTA concerned over jamming of cellular services

KARACHI: The federal Ministry of Interior has written a letter to Sindh government, conveying the reservations of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) over closure of cellular phone services in the province for the security of Muharram processions, Samaa reported. Today, authorities suspended cellular service in different cities of including Karachi, Bahawalnagar, Quetta, Lahore and Faisalabad as…

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September 29, 2017


Mobile phone users cross 140.5 mln

ISLAMABAD: Mobile phone users in the country have reached 140.5 million by May this year which was 133.2 million till July 2016, showing a moderate growth with each passing month. All the operators providing mobile phone services have added around 7.3 million new users in their subscribers during the period. Mobilink is still leading the…

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July 31, 2017


Millions of Pakistanis receive blasphemy warning texts

Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving text messages from the government warning them against sharing “blasphemous” content online, a move rights activists said would encourage more vigilante attacks. It comes amid a surge in mob violence linked to accusations of insulting Islam including three attacks within the past month. “Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content…

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May 10, 2017


PTA receives 3000 complaints of blasphemous content on social media

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) says it has received more than 3000 complaints regarding blasphemous contents on social media sites. An official of the Authority told the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication most of the websites have been blocked while the web pages of social media, such as Facebook, Youtube and…

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May 9, 2017


Blasphemous pages case: IHC readies short order

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has completed hearing of a petition against blasphemous content on social media and reserved the verdict. Chief Justice IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said the short order will be released today while a detailed ruling will be released afterwards. In his remarks, Justice Siddiqui praised Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Attorney…

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March 31, 2017


PTA blocks 900 URLs, 10 websites

ISLAMABAD: Under the National Action Plan nine hundred and thirty seven uniform resource locators and ten websites of Proscribed Organizations have been blocked in the country. According to the data, the Ministry of Interior, Law Enforcement Agencies have registered 17,562 cases and nabbed 19,289 persons to counter hate speech, extremist literature and misuse of loudspeaker….

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March 21, 2017


Nisar threatens to permanently block all social media sites

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said that the government would leave no stone unturned to effectively block blasphemous content on the Internet, especially on social media websites. “We will go to any extent even if we have to go to the extent of permanently blocking all such social media websites, if they…

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March 9, 2017


SC asks FIA, PTA to block pages on social media using CJP’s name

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice (CJ) Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Thursday asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) block ID’s, pages on different social media sites carrying Chief Justice of Pakistan’s name. The Chief Justice also asked that FIA and PTA to take legal action against the delinquents in accordance with law. Reference…

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November 10, 2016