In past days, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was being accused of attacking on the basics of the internet infrastructure in Pakistan by launching a local centralized Domain Name System (DNS) and trying to block global DNS. If completely executed, this will result in slow internet speed, increase in internet charges, undermining privacy and create hindrance in expansion of Pakistan’s IT sector.
PTA has just issued a public statement regarding rumors spreading over the internet about a new DNS for Pakistan. The authority has clearly stated in its press release, “Contrary to the claims, PTA has not implemented Centralized DNS Control where-by all resolution will be centrally performed by PTA. Instead, the resolution will be performed at ISP’s end.”
Clarification: With regards to news appearing in a section of media regarding new Domain Name System (DNS) implementation by PTA, it is clarified that PTA has only implemented an automation of blocking of unlawful content as mandated to PTA under PECA 37. pic.twitter.com/kbxImOqJqb
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) June 21, 2022
Besides, PTA explains that under PECA 37, the authority is only automating the blocking of unlawful content from the Internet. Automatic blocking was already in place, but to improve the effectiveness, the automation process was implemented at the ISP level via domain name resolution.
In addition, this recent development has no impact on raising the internet service charges, slowing down the internet, or having any implications for citizens’ privacy, as incorrectly portrayed in some media reports.
In response to the accusations, PTA clarified in a tweet stating, “Article “Saving the Internet” in daily Dawn today casts aspersions on PTA’s efforts to block illegal online content, primarily pornographic websites in Pakistan through Domain Name System.”
PTA also tweeted, “the article is based on illogical assumptions and lack of understanding of how the system works. There will be no impact on the quality of internet, cost of internet services nor will it undermine privacy in any way.”
The article is based on illogical assumptions and lack of understanding of how the system works. There will be no impact on the quality of internet, cost of internet services nor will it undermine privacy in any way. (2/2)
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) June 20, 2022