SHC Suspends Arrest Warrant Against PTA Chairman

The Sindh High Court (SHC) suspended an arrest warrant, issued by an Additional District and Sessions Court on October 31, against the chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in the blasphemous caricatures case.

The court issued non-bailable warrants against the cartoonists, publishers of the Danish, Italian and French newspapers as well as the PTA chairman and officials in a case that said that the PTA had failed to ban the newspapers’ websites in Pakistan. The case was registered on the complaint of Maulvi Iqbal Haider in the Gulberg police station.

PTA’s counsel, Sibtain Mahmood, submitted that the issuance of arrest warrants against the PTA officials and its chairman was not admissible in the law as no crime was committed by them.

The SHC’s division bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed, after preliminary hearing of the petition, suspended the arrest warrants and issued notice to Advocate General and Deputy Attorney General Sindh for November 18 for further hearing of the case.

Via The News