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‘Home ministry responsible for controlling cyber terrorism’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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‘Home ministry responsible for controlling cyber terrorism’

Posts and Telecommuni-cations Minister Mustafa Jabbar said some people staying aboard are criticizing the Liberation War and the country’s political leaderships.

They are also provoking religious extremism and militancy using different online platforms, he said.

“They are trying to form public opinion in favor of war criminals. My responsibility is to shut them down or report against them digitally.

I am doing that through BTRC,” he said.

The law enforcement agencies will take legal action against cyber or any other terrorism. The Ministry of Home Affairs will look into it, the minister said.

Besides, the cyber war can be called a political war. It has to be tackled politically, he added.

“Their target is the political party or leadership. The purpose is to harm the country and to hinder the development of the country. It has to be tackled politically,” he said.

He also said that the leaders of political parties should organise workers and retaliate against these cyber terrorists on digital platforms.

“It is not the responsibility of my ministry to detain criminals, bring them back from abroad, take legal action against them,” he said adding that his responsibility is to shut down various websites, report offensive comments or content and he is doing it.

Meanwhile, the ministry has shut down more than 22,000 criminal pornographic sites and more than 6,000 fake and deceptive websites.

“I have closed the gambling sites. When the report is made to us, whether it is against Facebook or any other medium, we communicate and report there,” he said.

The Posts and Telecommunications Minister said that the law enforcement agencies have full jurisdiction to take legal action against the offenders.

Mustafa Jabbar said, “I am shutting down the website after receiving complaints against it. But I can’t stop Facebook or YouTube. Around four crore people use Facebook. There are good as well as bad people here. Millions of people are doing business using Facebook.”

“There is so much to learn there. Even if we close Facebook, they will be able to use it with VPN. And there is no technology in the world to close specific page, comment or content. We can report for this,” he added.

The minister said that when they report on Facebook, the authorities close if they think that these pages are harmful. Otherwise, they do not take any step.

“I do not have the authority to take legal action. This authority belongs to the Ministry of Home Affairs,” he said.

It is to be mentioned that cyber terrorism against the country has been on the rise recently. In addition to criticising the country and its political leaderships, some people are using online platforms to create religious extremism, build public opinion in favour of war criminals and spread militancy in the country.

While criticising, they do not spare anything. Starting from the political leaders, the Hindu religion, Islam, the holy Qur’an to Allah, they criticise everything and everyone.

Most of these people have one thing in common, which is to take side of the war criminals and incite militancy in the country.