The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday looked for the record of inter-ministerial committee constituted to analyze the social networks policies.
IHC Principal Justice Athar Minallah, while hearing the same requests filed versus the application of “Elimination and also Blocking of Unlawful Online Material (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Policies 2020” valued the Prime Minister’s campaign to constitute the high degree board and also looked for the record in a month.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had actually comprised a five-member high degree inter-ministerial board under Federal Preacher for Civil Rights Dr Shireen Mazari with Parliamentary Assistant on Law and also Justice Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Senator Syed Ali Zafar, Ministry of Infotech and also Telecommunications Assistant Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui and chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) retired Major General Amir Azeem Bajwa its participants.
A statement issued by the workplace of the Attorney general of the United States Khalid Jawed Khan earlier today said: “The Information Technology and also Telecommunication Department will work as the secretariat of the board and also the committee will submit its record in addition to suggestions in the issue to the prime minister within a duration of 30-days.
” The committee will certainly commence its job as well as the secretariat would certainly intimate public at large of the day and place for examinations with all stakeholders consisting of petitioners that had filed the petition in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).”.
Justice Minallah shared the hope that the board would check out the pointers as well as objections of the stakeholders before wrapping up the report.
The Principal Justice asked the attorney general of the United States as to whether he belongs to the board, the AG replied that an eminent lawyer Syed Ali Zafar is a member of the board as well as the Attorney General office is likewise at the disposal of the said committee for legal assistance.
An advise for the petitioner pointed out that there was no participant from the opposition celebrations as well as the committee will prepare discriminatory report.
Chief law officer claimed there was opportunity of involving the resistance in the board however as a result of apprehension that it would better delay the matter, the committee consists of the members from treasury benches.
Justice Minallah encouraged the advise to await the record of the committee before raising objections.
Further hearing in the applications has been adjourned till May 10.
The petitioners in this issue are Pakistan Federal Union of Reporters (PFUJ) secretary basic Nasir Zaidi, Awami Workers Party, Dawn’s Employees Union, Brownish-yellow Rahim Shamsi as well as a resident Mohammad Ashfaq Jatt who have tested these guidelines, saying they are contrary to the freedom of speech as assured in the Constitution.
According to the applications, implementation of ‘Elimination as well as Stopping of Unlawful Online Content (Treatment, Oversight and also Safeguards), Rules 2020’ will inevitably result in infraction of rights to livelihood and freedom of profession and occupation, assured to the citizens under Articles 9 as well as 18 of the Constitution.