PTA official summoned in Youtube case

Updated 20 Nov 2014

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The Lahore High Court building.    - Online/file
The Lahore High Court building. - Online/file

LAHORE: A Lahore High Court division bench on Wednesday summoned a “responsible” senior official of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to answer several queries arising during hearing of petitions against ban on Youtube, a popular video sharing website.

Bytes for All, a non-government organisation (NGO), and others had filed petitions demanding the court to lift the ban imposed by the federal government after a blasphemous movie clip was uploaded on the Youtube.

In this case, the government took a plea that the website was blocked in Pakistan on a direction issued by the Supreme Court.

The petitioners pleaded that the ban amounted to infringement on fundamental rights to knowledge. They said a large number of people had been effected by the ban. The bench will resume hearing on Thursday (today).

Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2014