SHC Gives 10 Days to PTA for Filing Comments On Explicit Websites

Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday granted 10 days time as the last chance to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for filing comments on petition seeking ban on explicit material, websites on the internet.

A division bench, comprising of Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, was hearing a petition filed by Human Rights activist Syed Iqbal Kazmi who submitted that obscene material, websites were available on the internet, but Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) & PTA failed to block these sites, resulting in increasing number of cases of sexual violence against women.

He submitted that respondents were bound to prevent printing, publication, circulation and display of obscene literature and advertisements. But no efforts were being made for the eradication of such social evils in the society.

He prayed to direct respondents to block such websites containing obscene material, take action against internet companies found violating laws.

On Tuesday, Standing Counsel requested for time despite being granted time earlier by the SHC on different occasions since April 2011 for filing comments of respondents.

SHC division bench order said, “On May 10, 2011 Ashiq Raza, then DAG had requested time to call comments from respondents. On August 9, 2011 Ashraf Mughal, DAG, sought two weeks time. Today, Standing Counsel requests further time to call for comments from Respondent 2 (PTA). As a last chance 10 days time is enlarged. In case no comments are filed this Court would impose cost and pass such order as may be appropriate.”

Via Express Tribune

  • i think we should also play our part in putting pressure to ban porn.

    this website is doing its job at best

    we should use social networks, sms and even write letter to SC to ban porn

  • porn or dosri website ksi ka bap bhi nahin band kar sakta bohat tay tareeqy hain pakistan hain in sab chezzon ko chalanay k liyah kuch nahin ho sakta pakistan main sirf peda geri k ilawa

  • Porn websites should be the first priority for PTA to block. And PTA should also make list and block such proxy websites through which porn websites can be accessed even if they’re blocked.

  • Yeah let’s block porn and anything else we don’t like. Freedom of speech and action, you don’t blame porn sites for rape, you blame rapists for rape. Do you stop watching Hollywood movies because they use guns to kill people in them !

    Don’t take away my right to choose because some sick people can’t control their character and belief in woman’s rights to say no to sex !

    • dont blame porn sites for rape mostly rape cases are in rural areas are they have computer or internet to watch porn…………. answer me if u can

  • Porn must not be banned. It is major source of Entertainment and Enjoy in the frustrated society of Pakistan held tight by Fanatics.

  • mera aik sawal hai why they allow people to go america & europe where where porn can easily access there are nude beaches strip clubs and many things everbody knows because they have money to go there & enjoy and people who cant afford even not allowed to watch on internet and also I am 100% sure like other thing this will also for common people not for so called VIPs jin ke bap ka ye mulk hai aur mazeed ye ke rape waghaira internet se pehle bhi the aur ainda bhi rahen ge us ko control karne ke liye police use karni chahye na ke internet band kar diya jaye

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