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Social media celebrity Hareem Shah on Saturday called upon Prime Minister Imran Khan to lift the ban on popular Chinese app TikTok.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) says it will unblock the Chinese social media application, TikTok, if it removes the vulgar content from the site, said Federal Minister for Information Technology Syed Amin ul Haque on Saturday.

On Friday, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had blocked the application in the country. The authority cited the failure of the social media app to follow the instructions on the “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.


PTA added that it took action as they had received numerous complaints from people over indecent and immoral content shared on the social media app.

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The social media celebrity went on to add that if vulgarity is the concern then it can only be addressed by implementing Islamic laws.

“TikTok administration removes such [vulgar and inappropriate] content itself,” she said. Hence there is no need to place a ban on the video-sharing application.

Shah added that many people groomed themselves with the use of the platform.

The decision of blocking the application had attracted backlash nationwide on the weekend, with prominent TikTok celebrities urging the government to reconsider their decision to impose a ban on the app.

Earlier, another famous TikTok celebrity, Jannat Mirza, mentioned that the application was a source of income for many people.


“In general, it was a good app. It was accessible to everyone. So much talent emerged through this app,” she emphasized.

Read more: PTA blocks TikTok in Pakistan

She, however, agreed to the fact that it has been used for notorious purposes but the use of the app must continue only ‘with strict rules and conditions.’

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