Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued a clarification about a statement of its counsel that is circulating over the media. During the hearing regarding the ban on TikTok in Islamabad High Court (IHC) on August 23, the court inquired from PTA’s counsel if TikTok was open or shut in the country.
To this the counsel replied that almost 90 per cent people in the country use the mobile application through proxy.
The authority has now said that the statement has been wrongly attributed to the Counsel for PTA.
In a statement issued on Thursday, PTA said, “The access to TikTok application has been blocked in the country however the possibility to access it through technological means by a small percentage of users cannot be ruled out”.
The authority issued clarification about the remarks of Former Senator Mian Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh about PTA’s role in TIkTok ban.
The authority said that those “are bald assertions and completely unfounded. It is affirmed that PTA is discharging its obligation and responsibilities in accordance with the law”.
The popular video sharing application was banned by the PTA on July 21, over the company’s failure to remove inappropriate videos from the platform.
It is pertinent to mention here that the IHC bench, during the hearing, had directed PTA to take the matter of TikTok ban before the federal cabinet and seek views about the cabinet’s policy on it.