Pakistan blocks sites which contains word ‘Shoes’ in the URL

Like me, if you live on Internet and Pakistan, strong are the chances you’re already familiar with the Authority of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). We know PTA from their active involvement in our SMS, Watching us online, and yes banning Facebook and other websites in general.

Most recently over 1,000 porn sites were blocked by internet service providers (ISP), directed by PTA. It was also stated by a source, “They are adding to the list on a daily basis.”

Here is where I and PTA get face-to-face, my problem is not like they have blocked my favorite porn site. History is history, we all share it. Instead they added my innocent site in the list too, and it is blocked today.

My website (http://hometownshoes.com/) is about selling shoe, not even close to porn. But who knows, when the ‘athletes foot’ is banned. May be they found a link between shoesathletes foot>something unethical, but I don’t know about.

This is what I see, when I open my website

When you visit the link in Pakistan, it reads: “THE SITE IS RESTRICTED” and site name appears as PTCL. So I instantly called to PTCL helpline inquiring them the problem my website is facing. But after a 13 min long wait, their busy CSR told that it is blocked from PTA and PTCL has nothing to do with it.

While writing this post, too much to my surprise, I find I am not alone. In fact, PTA has blocked all sites in Pakistan which contain the word ‘shoes’ in its URL and first of it took place one Nov 01, 2011. Now somebody please explain me what is wrong with sites containing shoes.com in its address. That is totally ridiculous.

From its website, PTA claims ‘‘To promote and protect the interests of users of telecommunication services in Pakistan.” But instead from my experience PTA is causing loss to my business and now I’m insecure about running my website in Pakistan. How sad..!

Any ways, I visited PTA website assuming for some help, but in vain. No one answered my call from any of their contact numbers. More, I wrote an email, hoping that they would solve my problem at an earliest when they see my complain message.

This is not at all childish or minor mistake. PTA has the responsibility to make our life easier on web and telecommunication in general. But such continuous stupid mistakes are making it worse for people like me. I am angry and sad at the same time.

PTA is keeping to over use its authority. Shall we stop them?

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6 thoughts on “Pakistan blocks sites which contains word ‘Shoes’ in the URL

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  2. Its totally wrong, PTA should not do such idiotic action.
    and every body has a right to see what ever they want to, so why are they interfering in our business.

  3. if i can, i would not let pakistan goverment down because i love pakistan sooo much, even though i am still only 12, i can help and i will . What is happening to Pakistan? What’s wrong with the goverment. We want something nice, a goverment that works its best. But right now, i got too say . Pakistan is not doing well. Lets work together and make a change and together we can succeed. im not only saying this for the goverment im saying this for us. Us pakistani’s/ I know this comment will not make a much difference, but someday, i know, This will be helpfull. no way im letting PAKISTAN zinda baad down

  4. thats bulshit .. pta suks … now i cant visit my favorite porn site 😦 fuck it man .. its 21st century .. and u cant ban these sites :@:@

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