Tuesday, May 30, 2023

The IHC has given the government panel a month to prepare a report on social media regulations

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given a government committee five months to prepare a report on social media rules. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard a petition against social media rules set by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan told the court that the Prime Minister had formed a commission to review social media rules.

Judge Athar Minallah noted that the court welcomed the steps being taken by the federal government and was awaiting a report to be prepared by the Commission on objections and recommendations. He asked the Attorney General whether he was helping the government committee or not.
Khalid Javed replied that a lawyer had been appointed to the commission, while the WG office was also ready to assist them if needed. He said the commission had one month to complete the report.

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The Islamabad High Court then gave the government committee a month to prepare a report on social media rules and postponed the trial until May 10.
The committee consists of the Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shirin Mazari as Chairperson and Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Maleeka Bukhari, Senator Syed Ali Zafar, and Secretary for Information Technology and Telecommunication as Member and Chairperson of PTA as Secretary / Member.

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