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IHC asks Govt to amend Social Media rules by 2 April

Until April 2, the Federal Government was assessed by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) to change the current rules of social media. IHC also demanded that at the next hearing, Khalid Javed Khan, the Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP), present a report to that effect.

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Athar Minallah, Chief Justice of IHC said that:

“A verdict in the case will be announced once we have seen the report,”


Previously, the Deputy Attorney General ordered the court to give the government the time of one month. He also told the government that all parties wanted to consult for a revision of the laws.


The Court approved the appeal and gave the rules a revised deadline. In November last year, in the wake of protests by different stakeholders, the federal government had decided to amend the policy.

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In recent events, the Chief Justice spoke of Article 19 (Free Speech) and Article 19A (Right to Information) of the 'fundamental rights' Constitution as regards imposing the laws on social media. He also recommended that the Pakistan Bar Council and PFUJ be consulted in this regard.


AGP Khalid Javed Khan decided in the last hearing that the ban on social media is not a solution.


Khan had said:


“We request that the court may give the government some time so that it may review the rules in consultation with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the petitioners and the relevant stakeholders,”


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