ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary on Thursday said the government was ready to hold talks with the opposition parties to bring amendments in the accountability law.
Addressing at the platform of Parliamentary Reporters’ Association in Islamabad, he said two rounds of talks were held with the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) and the Pakistan People Party (PPP) on the matter. He said the differences between the two parties were halting the process.
The minister said the social media was being regulated to discourage the harmful content and fake accounts. He rejected the impression that the government aimed to put curbs on the social media through regulations.
Fawad Chaudhry said since social media was taking space of mainstream media, therefore it was crucial that the government regulate it. “Its regulation has two parts: advertisements on digital media are growing exponentially, if a fair share is not given to mainstream media then the jobs of journalists would be at risk, then there are such groups which run smear campaigns after taking money,” he said.
Responding to a query, the minister said common user would not be affected from the regulation, while those hiding behind fake accounts would be dealt with iron hand. He said YouTube specially cooperated as well as Facebook on the matter of blasphemous content.
He said the expensive LNG being bought by Pakistan was due to the agreement of the PML-N government during its last tenure. “Why did they strike a deal for 15 years,” he asked.