In a petition contesting the ban on TikTok, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has issued notices to the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoIT&T), and other pertinent officials.
The notifications were filed under Article 199 of the Pakistani Constitution to compel the Secretary of the Cabinet Division, the Secretary of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and the PTA to appear in court in answer to the petition.
A person originally filed the petition under the IHC norms, claiming that the PTA had prohibited the video-sharing app without giving a legal order to the local user base.
Before adjourning the matter until August 6, Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah heard the case and served notices on the aforementioned respondents.
Since its entry into Pakistan’s local video-sharing arena, TikTok has been on a roller-coaster ride. While the programme does not promote immorality in any way, local users’ uploading of inappropriate stuff on it prompted the concerned authorities to take action.