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Proposed social media rules, set up committee for consultation – adzjobs
March 6, 2020

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Proposed social media rules, set up committee for consultation

The federal government has constituted a committee to consult on the proposed rules on social media.

According to the statement, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Aamir Azim Bajwa has been appointed as the chairman of the committee.

According to the statement, the committee will discuss the rules with civil society and technology companies. The consultation process on social media rules will be completed in 2 months.

The members of the Social Media Advisory Committee include Federal Minister for Human Rights Shirin Mazari, Barrister Ali Zafar, Dr. Arslan Khalid and Additional Secretary Ministry of Information Technology.

It should be remembered that Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier said that the purpose of social media laws is not to express positive views or suppress political differences.

Presiding over a review session on proposed rules of social media on February 18, Imran Khan instructed stakeholders to take confidence before implementing the proposed rules.

On this occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that the main purpose of bringing the law is to protect the citizens only and that the law is being made to protect national security including children, minorities, religious issues.

Imran Khan directed that the stakeholders’ suggestions should be included in the proposed law and the purpose of the law is not to suppress positive opinion or political dissent.

It should be noted that the social media laws created by the government are being subjected to severe criticism and voices from various schools of thought are being raised against the implementation of the debate.

The federal government has also approved cabinet rules governing social media. According to the new rules, registration of all social media companies within Pakistan is mandatory within three months.