Notice to PTA for non-compliance with website blocking rules

Notice to PTA for non-compliance with website blocking rules

Posted on Mar 13, 2020

Islamabad: The High Court has issued notices to the chairman and members of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for violating the rules under the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA) 2016.

The Awami Worker Party (AWP) filed a petition asking the court to take contempt of court action against PTA chairman Amir Azim Bajwa and members Mohammad Naveed and Khawar Siddiqui.

A lawyer from the Awami Worker Party took the stand that the PTA did not notify the rules despite the court orders.

Remember that Islamabad Chief Justice Athar Minallah dismissed the Awami Worker Party's request in September last year saying that PTA could not block a website without enacting rules, the court ruled in three months and Ordered to devise.

In addition, Justice Athar Minallah had also said that PTA has no authority to issue any order under Section 37 of the PACA for violating the terms of the procedure. '.

Hearing the case regarding the blocking of the Awami Worker Party's website, the court said that the PTA had taken a stand in response to the question that Section 37 of the PECA had been made "without notice or without hearing from the affected party" Allows the to block the Website.

The court had said that this provision of Article 37 is a violation of the fundamental rights as well as the laws imposed by the Supreme Court under the Constitution.

The court had said that the principles of natural justice are mandatory at all levels of the law and that any order or action taken by any party affecting Article 10A of the Constitution has made it mandatory.

The court further held that the PTA had a legal duty to propose and notify the legislative principles under Article 2 of Article 37


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