By.Asghar Ali Mubarak
Associated Press Service
ISLAMABAD;(APS)March 30, 2017- Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf has said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) should be given clearance to block websites containing blasphemous contents. Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, he said that the ministry received 8670 letters as complaints against the appearance of blasphemous contents on the social media. He said that Pakistan telecommunication Authority was accordingly informed about this.He said that action has been taken against 700 websites containing objectionable contents and out of these 565 have been blocked. He said that a cell is also working in the ministry to address the issue of objectionable contents on the internet. The Ministry for Religious Affairs has established a cell to monitor social media content, Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf expressed that the freedom of speech has been misused and that blasphemous content is being spread purposely on social media. He revealed that a 30 member team has been established to eliminate blasphemous content over social media.Sardar Yousaf let it be known that he has recommended that right should be given PTA in regards to blocking website that contains blasphemous content.He cleared out that 565 links that contained blasphemous content has already been blocked.