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Mohammad Hanif withdraws from conference after Palestinian journalist disinvited

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Pakistani journalist Mohammed Hanif has withdrawn from Goethe-Institut’s Hamburg conference after they invited and then disinvited prominent Palestinian writer Mohammed El Kurd. The journalist announced the news in a tweet saying that the institute was disrespectful toward El Kurd. He wrote: “Withdrawing from @goerheinstut’s Hamburg conference where they first invited and then disinvited Palestinian journalist […]


Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Seeking Control

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Concerning reports have been doing the rounds about the PTA considering a policy that will give it complete control over who can access what on the internet, and in the process of doing so, there will be problematic consequences for both the users and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Currently the PTA is the de-facto authority […]


Google team visits Pakistan

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KARACHI: An international Google delegation of Google Cloud, Google for Education, and Google Workspace teams based from Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, and Australia visited Pakistan last week upon the invitation of its country partner, Tech Valley Pakistan. The aim of the visit was to explore the potential of the education and public sectors of Pakistan […]


‘Media needs to be independent from state’

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ISLAMABAD: Keeping in view interests of the public at large, the media industry needs to be absolutely independent from the state. This was pointed out at the launch of the book Pakistan Mein Media Ka Buhran, on Tuesday. PPP leader Farhatullah Babar said if the media was free to comment and its analysis was taken […]


PTA unblocks non-approved phones to lure users

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KARACHI: Scores of people having non-Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) approved cell phones rejoiced to see local cellular networks on their handsets again. They took to social media to advice others to activate their subscribers’ identification module (SIMs) in their blocked phones. After 60 days of their arrival in Pakistan and without depositing required duty / […]


Anchor Imran Khan complains of police harassment

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ISLAMABAD—Leading anchor Imran Riaz Khan, who runs his own YouTube channel, has complained of harassment by the police. In a tweet, he said: “I returned to Lahore last night. Today the police have surrounded my house for many hours to harass the passersby.” According to him, security officials have also filmed his house from all […]


PEMRA renews landing rights’ permission of CGTN News, CGTN-9 Documentary

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 20 (APP): Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Monday renewed the landing rights’ permission of the two foreign television channels, including CGTN News and CGTN-9 Documentary. The renewal rights have been given on the request of the M/S Pakistan Television Foundation (Guarantee) Limited, said a press release. The approval to this effect […]


Habib Bank Limited (HBL) provides payment services on whatsApp

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KARACHI: HBL becomes the first bank in Pakistan to launch “full feature” banking services on WhatsApp. The facility has been developed in partnership with leading cloud communication service provider E.Ocean. HBL’s conversational banking was made available to its clients through E.Ocean’s WhatsApp business platform in 2021. To use the service, HBL clients need to initiate […]


Journalist ‘kidnapped’

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RAHIM YAR KHAN: A local journalist was reportedly kidnapped from katcha area of Nawazabad between the districts of Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur on Monday. Reports said that Sher Muhammad Sahi, working with PTV at Sadiqabad, was going to Nawazabad area along River Indus on his car to purchase a used tractor when some dacoits […]


‘Tax policies, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) rules hindering Information Technology exports’

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haque said on Monday that the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) policies and some rules of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have been hindering the growth of IT exports. He demanded relaxation in these conditions, including tax enforcement. The minister while presiding over a […]


Rs1m Cheque Handed Over To Dadu Press Club

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KARACHI – Director Press Information Muhammad Saleem Khan on Sunday handed over a cheque of Rs1 million to President of Dadu Press Club Sabir Bhand.  Saleem Khan on the occasion said that the Sindh government accorded top priority towards welfare of journalists and allocation of grant-in-aid for press clubs and other journalist’s bodies was aimed […]


Pakistan commemorates International Day for Countering Hate Speech

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 19 (APP): Pakistan joined the international community in commemorating the International Day for Countering Hate Speech. In a statement the Foreign Office Spokesperson Sunday said, “This day is an important occasion to renew global solidarity for combating hate speech which is the prime catalyst for hatred, inter-religious discord, discrimination, incitement to violence, and […]


Young talent awarded in Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU)’s digital film festival

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RAWALPINDI: The award distribution ceremony of NAQSH Digital Film Festival, a nationwide event to showcase short films and documentaries created by students, amateurs and emerging professionals, was held at the new auditorium of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). Renowned actor Jamal Shah was the chief guest. Pakistani media industry from acting to film production and […]


Saving the internet in Pakistan

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IN an effort to censor “objectionable content”, the Pakistan Telecommu­ni­ca­­tion Authority (PTA) has initiated another onslaught on the fundamentals of the internet infrastructure in Pakistan by introducing a local centralized Domain Name System and attempting to block global DNS. If fully implemented, this will significantly slow down internet speed in Pakistan, increase the cost of […]