Recently, the Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik, formed a special team dedicated to monitoring the internet for objectionable sites containing hateful material, especially against Islam. These websites will then be banned immediately before its hateful material could be spread. The team included a member from Ministry of Information Technology for legal purposes, Director General of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for technical purposes and Director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
According to Secretary IT and Chairman PTA, around 122 anti-Islamic sites were blocked in Pakistan. Each year, there is an increase in such hateful material on the web, which not only ends up creating controversies for Muslims in the foreign media, but also violent protests here at home that harms local properties and people. As long as there is a gap in understanding between Islam and non-Muslims, there will always be lack of respect because of not making any attempts to appreciate the diversity in worldviews.
One of the best way to deal with such hurling of religious slurs and blasphemy is to take appropriate action officially on the government level rather than people trying to take matters in their hands. As a result of even commenting on the matter, many website owners, bloggers and social media personalities have ended up sharing such material on their platform, which actually helps spreading the hate. Thus, it plays into the hands of the perpetrator.
PTA has decided to take action against those people who put such material online here at home. If anyone encounters a questionable material online, they can complain to PTA on 080055055 or inform them through an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. It is a better approach than to block entire social networking sites like YouTube or Facebook.