PTA Blocks Gay Website in Pakistan
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked the gay website, promoting homosexuality activities among men across the country. According to foreign local agency the website was created to increase awareness about homosexuality and relationship between two individuals. The website started off four months back. Government of Pakistan took action against the medium after several news items became appearing from media.
Creator of the website spoke that it had nothing out of the ethics or etiquettes to offer its visitor. He said that ban on the website was an attempt on the freedom of expression and a non-constitutional step. However the person said that he would not go the court for this matter. PTA on the other hand did not present any stance on the issue.
It is pertinent here to mention that the runner of the website has challenged that in Pakistan exist many homosexuals since the website had huge number of users.
People have appreciated the step taken by the telecommunication authorities. Homosexuality is illegal in Pakistan. 97 % of people in the country are Muslims and the same-sex practices go against the teachings of Islam and that of the ethical norms of the society. The UN-Secretary General however said that Pakistan lagged behind in promotion of freedom of expression with banning of such practices.