“Notices to Google Inc and Wikipedia for the “dissemination of sacrilegious content” were provided by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) via the two websites on Friday.
“The authority said in a press release that it had received complaints about “misleading search results associated with “present khalifa of Islam” and an untrue translation of the Holy Quran posted to Google Play Store by the Ahmedi group.
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The PTA has contacted Google Inc with instructions to delete the illegal material immediately, as a matter of a very serious nature, the statement added.
Under the Removal and Banning of Illegal Web Content (Procedure, Supervision and Safeguard) Rules 2020, the site has given a notice to eliminate sacrilegious content to prevent any enforcement action by the regulator.
The authority added that complaints were also received concerning the hosting of blasphemous Holy Prophet caricatures (peace be upon him) and the propagation of “misleading, wrong, deceptive and deceitful information” through articles published on Wikipedia depicting Mirza Masroor Ahmad as a Muslim.
Wikipedia was finally presented with the notice to delete the sacrilegious material after thorough contact on the matter to prevent any legal action,”After extensive communication on the matter, Wikipedia has been finally served with the notice to remove the sacrilegious content to avoid any legal action,”
If the websites remain non-compliant, further enforcement under the Prevention of Cyber Crimes Act 2016 (PECA) and Rules 2020 will be limited by the PTA, the statement said.