According to reports, as many as 19.5 million people in Pakistan use TikTok on a regular basis.
There have been requests to ban the app and platform in Pakistan several times including a petition filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) however, it has been revealed by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) that it currently has no plans to ban TikTok.
According to PTA, more then 500 complaints have been received to ban TikTok in Pakistan however, PTA says that the TikTok has been collaborating with them so they don’t plan on banning the video sharing app.
Calls for ban of the app have been increased especially because of the recent controversies surrounding the TikTok star Hareem Shah and her friend Sundal Khattak.
The story behind Hareem Shah and Sundal Khattak and the reason why people are asking to ban TikTok.
It all started a few months back when Hareem Shah made a video on the app inside Pakistan’s Foreign Office which angered people.
People considered it wrong and everyone asked how she even got inside to make such videos. This was basically the start of controversies surrounding Hareem Shah and her friend Sundal Khattak.
Not long after that a video call was leaked involving Hareem Shah, her friend Sunal Khattak and Pakistan’s Railway Minister Sheikh Rasheed where the the two TikTok stars accused the minister of being inappropriate with them over video call.
Not long after this another call surfaced where Shah was talking to another Pakistani politician, Fayyaz ul Hassan, who is the Minister for Information in Punjab. The call continued with controversies surrounding the two friends.
Both of them later went to Dubai, maybe to escape the heat and attention they were getting in Pakistan but things did not stop there as both ended up being deported from Dubai after a video of them surfaced with a Sheikh and other important personalities.