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October 29, 2020

Amid criticism, govt says won’t hamper digital growth

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October 29, 2020

News desk

LAHORE: Critics say that Imran Khan’s government is seeking to control the digital space to prevent dissent and criticism. The Asia Internet Coalition, an association of leading internet and technology companies,wrote a letter to PM Khan on October 6, expressing its concern over his gov ernment's measures. The coalition includes companies like Airbnb, Amazon, Apple, Cloudflare, Expedia Group, Facebook, Google, SAP, Grab, LinkedIn, LINE, Rakuten, Twitter, Yahoo (Verizon Media) and Booking.com. Although the AIC complained about the lack of consultation on Islamabad's digital policies, aPakistani media report claims that the government also wants to gainaccess to users' data apart from forcing the companies to shift their servers to Pakistan andremove "objectionable" content within a specified time. Pakistan's Ministe for Information Technology, Syed Amin ul Haq,