Shahriar Khan Afridi, chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, directed the head of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to take legal action against Pakistani and Kashmiri social media users for “specific measures”.
While presiding over the committee meeting, Shehryar Afridi wondered why the PTA authorities were not taking action against the Facebook administration and the government’s instructions to the social media platform in Pakistan. Why not block if not complied with.
Foreign Ministry officials and a delegation from the All-Party Hurriyat Conference and others also attended the meeting.
The committee unanimously passed two resolutions condemning the Indian aggression on occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the deployment of troops and the terrorist attack on a Muslim family in Canada.
Briefing the committee, PTA Chairman Major General (retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa apprised them of the steps taken against the Facebook administration for recently suspending the accounts and pages of Pakistani users.
He said that PTA informed the social media platform about the censorship of Pakistanis and Kashmiris posting on the situation in Occupied Kashmir.
However, the chairman of the Kashmir committee asked the PTA chief why the Facebook and Twitter administrations had not yet opened their offices in Pakistan.
He referred to a recent Facebook statement regarding the suspension of several Pakistani users and pages and asked the PTA chief what action his organization had taken against the Facebook team.
He also asked why the Facebook representatives refused to attend the meeting and directed the PTA chief to ensure the presence of Facebook staff at the next meeting of the committee.
He invited all stakeholders to attend the next meeting of the committee.
Hurriyat Conference convener Syed Faiz Naqshbandi appreciated Shahriar Afridi’s instructions and said that Kashmiri government was happy with the diplomatic support of Pakistan.
Briefing the committee members on the current situation in Occupied Kashmir, he said that there were rumors that India was considering shifting the region’s capital from Srinagar to the Hindu-majority region of Jammu.