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Be vigilant of hostile narratives on social media, COAS advises youths

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Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa urged youths on Thursday to remain mindful and vigilant of of hostile narratives through social media. “Educated youth is prime target of ISIS [Da’ish] and affiliates, be extra cautious,” the chief of army staff (COAS) was quoted by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as saying. Gen Qamar visited Inter-Services Publication Directorate wherein […]


‘Digital Pakistan Policy’ half-baked work

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has finalised the first-ever “Digital Pakistan Policy 2017” sans any exports target, implementation cost as well as revival plan for a sick Telephone Industry of Pakistan (TIP). The draft of the Digital Pakistan Policy 2017 was earlier shared with all stakeholders for their input. The draft policy […]


پاکستانی صحافیوں کے لئےتحقیقاتی صحافتی فیلوشپس

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درخواستوں کی وصولی کے لئے دوسرا اعلان آخری تاریخ 20 اگست 2017ء پاکستان پریس فاؤنڈیشن (پی پی ایف) کی جانب سے فیلوشپ برائے تحقیقاتی رپورٹنگ کےلئے درخواستیں موصول کی جارہی ہیں۔ فیلوشپس کے لئے درخواستوں کی موصولی “پاکستان میں تحقیقاتی صحافت میں معاونت” کے پراجیکٹ کا حصہ ہیں جس کا مقصد تحقیقاتی صحافت کو فروغ […]

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Age of social media

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IMPASSIONED and often irreverent, there is no denying that social media users have changed the dynamics of public debate in Pakistan, and elevated issues that tend to fall by the wayside. Equally true, with this growing ‘people power’, is that the state has felt its authority threatened and sought to curb the extent to which […]

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Jang/Geo Group owner calls social media ‘gutter’

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KARACHI: Mir Shakilur Rehman, the owner of Jang/Geo Group, walked out of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to defend his organisation before the media. As he did so, he termed social media ‘gutter’. “Social media is, in the world, globally 75 per cent of the people say social media [content] is gutter,” he said outside the […]

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Critical Facebook posts leave students’ fate hanging in balance

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LAHORE: After being expelled by the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) for putting up critical Facebook posts, the future of certain students hangs in the balance despite assurances from the varsity that they would be reinstated. Talking to The Express Tribune, an expelled student, requesting anonymity, said the administration had not allowed them to return despite the […]

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Facebook turns down govt request over cell phone numbers

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ISLAMABAD: The social media networking site Facebook has termed Pakistan’s request to link all accounts to individual phone numbers “improbable”. “Pakistan had suggested that Facebook accounts be linked with users’ mobile phone numbers. However, the management of Facebook believed it was more feasible to sync accounts with email addresses,” a senior official from the Ministry […]

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Project Shanakht goes digital

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KARACHI: The Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) has launched separate websites for the identification of unidentified bodies and stolen mobile phone verification. A launching ceremony was held at the CPLC headquarters at Governor House where Governor Mohammad Zubair inaugurated the websites by ‘pushing the button’ to launch them. Since its inception, CPLC has been successfully assisting […]

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13-year RI in cyber crime case

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SARGODHA: Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Tariq Mahmood Zargham on Thursday awarded 13-year rigorous imprisonment to a man in a cyber crime case registered by the Phularwan police station. On June 21, 2016, the Counter-Terrorism Department Faisalabad, along with the district police of Sargodha, conducted a raid at a house in Mohallah Hussaini Phularwan and arrested Imran […]

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Many organizations banned in Pakistan thrive online

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — It’s dusk. The shadows of three men brandishing assault rifles welcome the reader to the Facebook page of Lashkar-e-Islam, one of 65 organizations that are banned in Pakistan, either because of terrorist links or as purveyors of sectarian hate. Still more than 40 of these groups operate and flourish on social media […]

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Facebook to remove fake accounts, provocative material

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ISLAMABAD: The Facebook management has assured Pakistan that it will remove fake accounts and explicit, hateful and provocative material that incites violence and terrorism. The commitment was given by Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan who called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan here on Friday. “Facebook… has reiterated its commitment to keep the […]

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684 social media IDs objectionable

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LAHORE: The Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) reported 684 objectionable pages and IDs of both Facebook and Twitter during its strike against anti-state, anti-social, blasphemous and sectarian warmongering elements on social media. According to a handout, following strict observation protocols, and in line with acceptable social media code of conduct, the PSCA took this action […]

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Journalist granted bail on posting critical comments on Facebook

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Karachi July 6: On July 5, Zafar Achakzai, a journalist of daily “Qudrat” Quetta-based Urdu newspaper, granted bail against Rs80, 000 after six days of remand by court in Quetta, Balochistan a province of Pakistan. On June 29 Achakzai was booked by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016, for […]

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Quetta court grants bail to journalist arrested by FIA over ‘anti-state’ social media posts

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A Quetta court on Wednesday granted bail to journalist Zafarullah Achakzai, arrested by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for allegedly writing against national security institutions on social media. Achakzai, who was working for Qudrat, a Quetta-based daily, had been arrested by the FIA on June 25 under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016. He was later remanded to […]

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