PTA clarifies it has not put in place centralised DNS control

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued a statement denying the reports of the implementation of a centralized DNS control.

On Tuesday, the authority gave a statement after a story was published in Profit magazine claiming that the organization was going to implement some regulations regarding a centralized DNS.

DNS, or Domain Name System, consists of 12 digits through which the internet protocol address can be identified. A centralised DNS control would give the government full control of the internet communication into the country.

However, the authority has said that that a centralised DNS control had not been put in place in which all resolution would be centrally performed by PTA. It said that all the resolution would not be centrally performed by the PTA, instead, the resolution would be performed by the internet service providers.

It added that to improve effectiveness, an automation process through domain name resolution at ISP stage was under implementation according to the orders of the government of Pakistan.

The authority said that the automation process would not slow down the speed of the internet or its performance.

While giving clarification, the authority said that they were only implementing the automation of the blocking of unlawful content under the PECA Act 2016.

The statement specifically said that blocking unlawful content was already going on and PTA had not implemented the centralized DNS.

Before this issue came to light, PTA was already having issues with the internet service providers (ISPs). All the ISPs in the country, including Nayatel, PTCL, SCO, Jazz, Zong, TWA, Wateen, Multinet, Nexlinx, Cybernet and KK Networks, attended a meeting called by PTA to discuss the steps for implementing the centralised DNS blocking policy.

PTA has said that all efforts were being made to stop unlawful activity online and all the content that was illegal under PECA laws would be stopped from circulation and downloading.