Deutsche Welle: Pakistan threatens Google, Wikipedia over ‘sacrilegious content’

Deutsche Welle: Pakistan threatens Google, Wikipedia over ‘sacrilegious content’. “The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) called for the immediate removal of ‘unlawful content’ from Google. The regulators pointed to pages that name religious leader Mirza Masroor Ahmad as the current ‘Khalifa’ or leader of Islam, thus contradicting dominant religious beliefs in the country. They also decried an ‘unauthentic version of Holy Quran’ on Google Play Store.”

Clout: PNCA Plans To Build National Database Of Pakistani Films

Clout: PNCA Plans To Build National Database Of Pakistani Films. “…the National Arts Council of Pakistan (PNCA) has decided to launch the National Film Archives, in an effort to preserve the country’s film heritage for future generations. With more than 6,000 films produced so far and an estimated 60 films each year, Pakistan, despite its decline, is still among the top 20 film producers in the world.”

Pakistan: Covid patients die due to oxygen shortage in Peshawar (BBC)

BBC: Pakistan: Covid patients die due to oxygen shortage in Peshawar. “Six coronavirus patients have died in a hospital in Pakistan after oxygen supplies ran too low. Patients’ relatives have described how they begged for help as panic engulfed the government-run hospital in the northern city of Peshawar. A delay in deliveries meant more than 200 patients were left for hours on reduced oxygen.”

Weekly Technology Times (Pakistan): Fawad Asks Opposition To Avoid Public Gatherings To Curb COVID-19

Weekly Technology Times (Pakistan): Fawad Asks Opposition To Avoid Public Gatherings To Curb COVID-19. “Chaudhry Fawad Said Opposition Parties Should Cooperate With Government & Avoid Public Gatherings As Corona Cases Are Increasing. All political parties should take a unified step to contain and control the second outbreak of deadly virus, he said while talking to a private news channel.”

CNN: Pakistan’s TikTok ban is about censorship, not China

CNN: Pakistan’s TikTok ban is about censorship, not China. “The ban is notable because, unlike countries such as India and the United States that have already gone after TikTok, Pakistan doesn’t have a tense political relationship with China. The two share close economic, diplomatic and military ties, and Pakistan is an integral part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.”

SAMAA: Pakistan’s social media rules approved under new title

SAMAA: Pakistan’s social media rules approved under new title. “All social media companies such as TikTok, Facebook. Instagram and Twitter will have to put up community guidelines for its users. Platforms with more than half a million Pakistani users will have to get registered with thePTA and establish a registered office in the country within nine months of the implementation of the rules.”

Express-Tribune (Pakistan): Sindh to launch digital library on Thursday

Express-Tribune (Pakistan): Sindh to launch digital library on Thursday. “The Sindh culture department has developed a digital library based on interoperable system, through which readers will be able to access over 100 million books, research journals and articles sourced from libraries across the world. The library will be launched on Thursday and the initiative has been taken in line with Sindh High Court orders.” Sindh is a province in Pakistan.

New York Times: Trolls Flood Social Media in Pakistan Amid Virus Lockdown

New York Times: Trolls Flood Social Media in Pakistan Amid Virus Lockdown. “Toxic trending on Twitter has also taken aim at minorities, blaming the ethnic Hazaras for allegedly bringing the coronavirus to Pakistan from neighboring Iran. Like most Iranians, Hazaras are Shiites, and traditionally make pilgrimages to holy sites in Iran, which has the deadliest virus outbreak in the region. Some Pakistani pilgrims returning home were among the first reported cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan.”