On Friday Pakistan joined the list of countries like India and the US — whose differences with China are out in the open — in banning the Chinese app TikTok.
The ban on the Chinese social media app on Friday citing “immoral content”, left many wondering, if Islamabad’s dream of becoming an “all-weather ally” with Beijing will ever become a reality. The Pakistan government has often been accused of turning a blind eye towards human rights violations against Muslims in the Xinjiang region of China in hope of having an “all-weather ally”. On Friday, Pakistan became the latest country to impose a ban on the Chinese short video-making app, after receiving a “number of complaints from different segments of the society”, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said in a press statement. According to the press release on Friday, several complaints were made “against immoral/indecent content” that was shared on the app, Dawn reported. The PTA said it had earlier issued a “final notice” to TikTok and gave the application “considerable time to respond and comply with” instructions for the development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of “unlawful online content”. However, the company “failed to fully comply” with the PTA’s instructions, after which the authority decided to ban it in the country.