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937 URLs, 10 websites of Pos blocked under NAP in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (APP) – Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have registered 17,562 cases and nabbed 19,289 persons to counter hate speech, extremist literature and misuse of loudspeaker as part of measures adopted under National Action Plan (NAP). The agencies concerned also sealed 70 shops and confiscated 5,141 equipment. According to data issued by Ministry of Interior showing implementation status of NAP on Sunday revealed that of the total, 1,335 cases had been registered and 2,465 persons arrested for hate speech and spreading extremist literature. Some 16,267 cases were registered for violating misuse of loudspeaker and 16,824 persons arrested. The authorities have also blocked 937 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and 10 websites of Proscribed Organizations (POs) against abuse of Internet and Social Media. With regard to steps ensuring against re-emergence of Proscribed Organizations (POs), the data showed that the number of such organizations was 64, three were under-surveillance, 8,309 persons were on 4th Schedule ATA and number of movement restrictions was 2,052.
Similarly, data was being collected by National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) with regard to taking steps against Religious Persecution. Moreover, the data highlighted the steps taken regarding registration and regulation of Madaris (religious seminaries) and revealed that provincial governments had undertaken geo-mapping of Madaris, on the standard parameters, the progress of which included Punjab and Sindh 100 per cent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) 75 per cent, Balochistan 60 per cent and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) 85 per cent.
The provincial governments had closed suspected Madaris, including two in Punjab, 2,311 in Sindh, 13 in KP and one in Balochistan.
The data said Karachi Operation had achieved significant success by reduction in crime rates which included 90 per cent decrease in terrorism, 91 per cent decline in target killings, 62 per cent in murders and 48 per cent in robberies. Around 33,378 weapons were also recovered during the on-going operation. With regard to dismantling communication network of terrorists, the data showed that 98.3 SIMs were blocked while Biometric Verification System (BVS) had been put in place for issuance of new ones.
The data said the Counter Terrorism Force (CTF) was also established and their strength included 500 in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), 1,182 in Punjab, 728 in Sindh, 1,000 in Balochistan, 2,200 in KP, 168 in Gilgit and 260 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK).
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IHC adjourns hearing of blasphemous content case till March 31
ISLAMABAD (Monitoring) – Islamabad High Court on Monday has adjourned the hearing of blasphemous content case till March 31. According to details, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted the hearing during which Interior Secretary told the court that at least three suspects have been arrested in connection with the case. The judge remarked that government has left everything on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. He further asked State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman to justify why the matter has not been resolved yet. Meanwhile, Chairman Pakistan Teleco mmunication Authority (PTA) said that it’s a big achievement that Facebook authorities have removed profane content from their website on our appeal. On the other hand, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have blocked 937 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and 10 websites of Proscribed Organizations (POs) against abuse of Internet and Social Media.
The agencies concerned also sealed 70 shops and confiscated 5,141 equipment.
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