Wednesday, February 8, 2023

In Pakistan, SHC restores TikTok ban

The Sindh High Court (SHC) lifted the ban on TikTok on Friday after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) assured the court that it will resolve the petitioner’s complaints by Monday.

The SHC had ordered the PTA to halt the video-sharing site’s services on June 28 after a citizen submitted a petition citing “immorality and obscenity” on the mobile app.

The PTA informed the court at today’s session that it had restricted access to the app on June 30.

It had asked the court to reconsider its judgment and enable the services to be restored.

The petitioner’s attorney promised the court that the PTA will accelerate the process and give a judgment on the petitioner’s request by July 5.

The SHC revoked the suspension order after hearing the arguments and instructed the PTA to make a judgment on the subject until then.

It’s worth noting that TikTok has been restricted three times in the last year due to material uploaded on the mobile app.

The Peshawar High Court had already prohibited it for the same reasons in April. In October, the PTA took action against TikTok, blocking access to the app.

Why was TikTok once again suspended by SHC?

The SHC’s decision came during a hearing on a petition to ban the app on Monday, during which the court issued a notice to Pakistan’s attorney general, instructing him to comply with the court’s orders and have the app suspended.

The petitioner’s counsel stated in court that the Peshawar High Court had already prohibited TikTok because some videos published on the site are “immoral and against the teachings of Islam.”

The lawyer said that his client had contacted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) before going to court, but that the PTA had taken no action.

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