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IHC asks PTA to elucidate why TikTok ban order shouldn’t be suspended

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IHC asks PTA to explain why TikTok ban order should not be suspended

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ship a senior officer on the subsequent listening to of a petition filed in opposition to the TikTok ban, searching for an evidence from the authority on why the order to ban the Chinese-owned app shouldn’t be suspended.

On October 9, the PTA had blocked the brief video cell utility citing the corporate’s failure to “fully comply” with its instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.

The petitioner, who acknowledged that he was a well known athlete, argued that TikTok gives a platform for proficient Pakistani residents to train their proper of expression and to display creativity.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah presided over the listening to and issued a three-page written order after listening to the preliminary arguments.

“The Authority is directed to nominate a senior officer to appear before this Court on the next date fixed and explain why proceedings may not be initiated for violating the directions given by this Court in the aforementioned judgments and why the order of banning ‘TikTok’ app may not be suspended,” he wrote.

The IHC famous that the questions raised by the petitioner wanted consideration. It known as on President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (FUJ), Mazhar Abbas, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council, and former Information Minister Javed Jabbar to assist the judiciary over the alleged misuse of PTA powers and “assist the court on the question of violation of fundamental constitutional rights.”

PTA ban on Tiktok challenged in SHC

Earlier on Tuesday, the ban on the video-sharing app TikTok by the PTA was challenged within the Sindh High Court (SHC).

The petitioner had argued that there are 20 million customers of TikTok in Pakistan and the ban is a violation of the Constitution’s Article 19.

Article 19 states: “Every citizen shall have the right to freedom of speech and expression, and there shall be freedom of the press, subject to any reasonable restrictions imposed by law in the interest of the glory of Islam or the integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or any part thereof friendly relations with foreign States, public order, decency or morality, or in relation to contempt of court, [commission of] or incitement to an offence.”

The petitioner acknowledged that whoever is misusing the app must be penalised and his ID must be blocked, reasonably than putting a blanket ban on TikTok. “It is unreasonable to block the entire application,” he added.

He requested the SHC intervene and carry the ban on the video-sharing app. The petition was accepted for listening to on October 15.

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