Pakistani officials said on Tuesday that Pakistan has asked internet providers to block 400,000 porn sites. It is a part of a major crackdown by the country’s telecoms regulator.

The move has been taken to follow a recent order passed by the Pakistan’s Supreme Court. The court asked the telecom sector to “take remedial steps to quantify the nefarious phenomenon of obscenity and pornography that has an imminent role to corrupt and vitiate the youth of Pakistan”.

According to The Express Tribune, access to pornographic sites will be restricted at the domain level. It also confirmed that the Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked ISPs to block 400,000 porn sites. PTA stated that it had decided to take pre-emptive measures to block these types of websites.

The Supreme Court order was reportedly issued on January 12, 2016. The order read that the information which enhances the knowledge around the world should be encouraged and amplified.

SC stated, “but this information has to be qualified. It can’t be extended to include every nasty and nefarious phenomenon, which has the potential to corrupt and vitiate the youth. This aspect of the subject has to be thought over holistically so that the negative part of the information may not spoil our young generation.”

Although, the officials have warned internet service providers of blocking sites at this level, the internet providers are bound to follow the order issued by Pakistani authorities. The officials said that it would be a massive and expensive affair as it would need change in their system, as well as, special equipment to block the huge number of websites.

France 24 reported that the country also banned You tube in 2012 after the site uploaded the American film “Innocence of Muslims.” The film portrayed Prophet Mohammed as thuggish deviant. However, the ban was lifted this year and the ‘localize’ version of the site is regulated by authorities.