ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has revoked the ban on Wikipedia, three days after the encyclopedia giant was blocked in the fifth most populous country for not removing blasphemous content.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday shared a copy of a tweet, which stated that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif directed the country’s telecom regulator to restore the portal with immediate effect.
The matter was placed before Prime Minister Shehbaz on Monday who then formed a ministerial committee in this regard which suggested that Wikipedia was a useful site for disseminating knowledge and information and “the negative effects of the ban by PTA outweighed its benefits”.
Ministers of Law, Economics, and Information suggested ban, not a suitable measure to restrict access to the major website over objectionable content.
It further maintained that the committee is open to get help from experts on board or seek opinion from experts for the removal of objectionable content.
Prime Minister @CMShehbaz has directed that the Wikipedia website be restored with immediate effect. The Prime Minister has also constituted a Cabinet Committee on matters related to Wikipedia and other online content. pic.twitter.com/fgMj5sqTun— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) February 6, 2023
Earlier, the Wikimedia Foundation called on Pakistani authorities to reverse the ban, saying it believes that access to knowledge is a human right.
The telecom regulator previously 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.
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 23, 2023 (Thursday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||343.5||347|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.92||36.27|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||176.66||178.66|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 203,800 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.
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 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Karachi||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Islamabad||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Peshawar||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Quetta||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Sialkot||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Attock||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Gujranwala||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Jehlum||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Multan||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Gujrat||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Nawabshah||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Chakwal||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Hyderabad||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Nowshehra||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Sargodha||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Faisalabad||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
|Mirpur||PKR 203,800||PKR 2,350|
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