SHC repeals TikTok ban in Pakistan

KARACHI The TikTok ban was lifted by the Sindh Excessive Court docket (SHC) on Friday after the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) gave assurances to the courtroom that it’ll tackle the petitioner’s criticism request on Monday.

On June 28, the SHC ordered the PTA to droop the companies of the video-sharing website after a citizen, who was aggrieved by “immorality and obscenity” on the cell app, filed a petition. Throughout as we speak‘s listening to, the PTA knowledgeable the courtroom that it had blocked entry to the applying on June 30.

He had requested the courtroom to overview its resolution and permit him to revive companies. The PTA legal professional assured the courtroom that he would velocity up the method on the petitioner’s request and problem a ruling on it earlier than July 5.

After listening to arguments, SHC withdrew the suspension order and directed the PTA to decide on the matter till then. Then the listening to was postponed till subsequent Monday.

It’s pertinent to say that TikTok was blocked for the third time within the final 12 months as a consequence of content material shared on the cell software. It was beforehand banned in April by the Peshawar Excessive Court docket for a similar causes. The PTA additionally took motion towards TikTok in October and blocked entry.

Why did SHC droop TikTok once more The SHC ruling got here throughout a listening to on a petition filed to droop the applying on Monday, the place the courtroom issued a discover to Pakistan’s legal professional basic, ordering him to observe orders and droop the applying.

Presenting his arguments in courtroom, the petitioner’s lawyer stated that the Peshawar Excessive Court docket had beforehand banned TikTok as a result of some movies uploaded to the platform are “immoral and opposite to the teachings of Islam.” The lawyer had stated that his shopper had approached the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) earlier than transferring to courtroom, nevertheless, the PTA did nothing about it.

Fawad slam ban Following SHC’s ban on the app, Data Minister Fawad Chaudhry lashed out on the verdict banning TikTok in Pakistan till July 8, calling it “judicial activism.” On Twitter, Chaudhry had warned of the implications Pakistan will face if it fails to hold out judicial reforms.

Dated 05-07-2021

Karachi, Pakistan

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