KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend the operations of social media app TikTok in Pakistan.
SHC ordered to suspend the operations of TikTok in Pakistan after a suit was filed in the court, seeking to ban the application in the country.
Maaz Waheed and Barrister Muhammad Asad Ashfaq, counsels for the plaintiff Kamran Mujeeb filed a suit in the court, in which federation, PTA and M/s TikTok have been made the defendants.
According to a written order of the court, counsel for plaintiff submitted in the court that on account of excessive and continuous spread of immorality and obscenity by the defendant TikTok, a citizen of Pakistan had approached the Peshawar High Court (PHC), seeking a direction to impose ban on the operations of the said app in Pakistan and on 11.03.2021 PHC imposed a ban on TikTok.
However, on the subsequent date of hearing in the petition, a representative of PTA had asserted that they had communicated with TikTok, which assured them that they shall regulate the content posted on TikTok in Pakistan in line with the local laws and shall block accounts spreading vulgarity.
In view of this submission by the PYA representative, ban was lifted from TikTok, but it paying no heed to the constant undertakings and assurances given by them before various nor respecting the law and the basic injunctions of Islam as well as the culture of Pakistan, recently started a social media campaign whereby they are celebrating ‘LGBT-Pride Month' (LGBT is an abbreviation for Lesbianism, Gayism, Bisexuality and Transgender community).
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021