Pakistan bans Wikipedia over blasphemous content

09:52 AM | 4 Feb, 2023
Pakistan bans Wikipedia over blasphemous content
Source: social media

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Friday blocked Wikipedia services in the country after the encyclopedia giant failed to remove blasphemous content.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) confirmed the action in wake of the website's rebuttal to remove blasphemous material; the development comes days after the telecom regulator degraded the portal's services in the country of over 220 million.

The stern action comes in wake of the sacrilegious content available on the site and the 2-day deadline ends, a PTA spokesperson told a media outlet.

Officials are willing to unblock the platform if the objectionable content is removed,the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the telecom regulator shared a tweet, saying the intentional failure on the part of the platform to comply with the directions of PTA, the services of Wikipedia have been degraded for 48 hours with the direction to block/remove the reported contents.

Several countries including China, Iran, Myanmar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela have banned Wikipedia over the time in wake of violations by the portal.

As right-wing parties and supporters hailed the move, it irked several social media users who vented out anger, questioning the incumbent government’s priorities at a time when the country is facing the worst economic crisis.

The platform is among the top visited sites in the country as many students, researchers, and professionals rely on it for sourcing information.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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