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After Google, TikTok to open office in Pakistan

While TikTok has agreed to open an office in Pakistan, Google has already registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.

In welcoming news, the popular video-sharing platform TikTok will also open a liaison office in Pakistan. The development comes after tech-giant is ready to open its first liaison in Pakistan.

According to the details, IT and Telecom Minister Syed Aminul Haque disclosed that TikTok has agreed to establish a liaison office in Pakistan. This is indeed a welcoming development as TikTok has become one of the most popular social media platforms in the country.

TikTok has also been the target of several bans due to the sharing of immoral content, however, those bans were lifted after continuous engagement with TikTok management. If TikTok opens an office in Pakistan, it will establish closer cooperation with the Pakistani government.

“TikTok will soon set up its office in Pakistan. Companies remain reluctant due to the lack of trust and inconsistent policies,” the IT Minister said to the media while maintaining that his ministry will offer complete support to foreign companies.

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Google coming to Pakistan

On the other hand, while TikTok has agreed to open an office in Pakistan, Google has already taken a lead in this regard and the company has already been registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Karachi registry.

To clarify, registration is the first step towards the establishment of the office, which is one of the requirements under the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2021.

“A delegation of Google is scheduled to come to Pakistan early next week from Singapore and the company will likely announce the establishment of a functional office here,” the IT Minister said.

The IT minister has recently expressed confidence that more social media platforms will establish their offices in Pakistan.

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