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.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 25, 2023 (Saturday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||345.5||349|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.92||36.27|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||177.56||179.56|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 207,000 on Saturday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs177,470.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Karachi||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Islamabad||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Peshawar||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Quetta||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Sialkot||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Attock||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Gujranwala||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Jehlum||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Multan||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Gujrat||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Nawabshah||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Chakwal||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Hyderabad||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Nowshehra||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Sargodha||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Faisalabad||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
|Mirpur||PKR 207,000||PKR 2,445|
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