The Punjab administration has denied claims from officials that had enforced a ban on Tik Tokers’ entrance into parks across the state.
Azhar Mashwani, Chief Minister of Digital Media of Punjab denied the entrance of TikTokers into the province’s park, after Geo News reported a restriction on the entry of TikTokers by the Punjab government.
The article states that it would only be permitted in state media to film videos in parks and says that authorization for social media videos depends on the submission of a screenplay in advance, while security staff in parks will supervise Tiktokers and YouTubers.
“Fake news. Fake news. No government has made such a choice thus far. TikTok is now prohibited in Pakistan, “Mashwani stated so. He remarked.
Jawad Ahmad Qureshi, Director General (DG), Punjab Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA), also denied this.
In a statement, Qureshi said that the authorities has refuted all rumours about the prohibition of TikTokers in Lahore parks.
He claimed no formal notice had been given to prevent TikTokers and YouTubers from accessing parks.
Speaking to Dawn.com, he said it was not the task of the authority to guarantee parks safety, and the responsibility of the department was confined to the maintenance of facilities and safety devices.
The DG noted, however, that plans were considered to proclaim a “family day” one day a week, if only family members were permitted to attend parks. He stated that his agency was trying to enhance the safety equipment in the parks of the province.
The press claims came after the footage of a TikToker girl and her friends were harassed and attacked on Independence Day at Lahore’s Greater Iqbal Park.
The films focused on social indignation, raised public outcry and drawn the attention of the authorities.
On Monday, 34 additional suspects were detained and a total of 126 individuals were taken in custody.