SHC orders suspension of TikTok till at least July 8

Social media platform banned till for celebrating ‘LGBT-Pride Month’

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday banned the popular TikTok social media platform for “immoral content” and the celebration of “LGBT Pride Month”.

The latest ban, for the third time in the last two years, will remain in effect until July 8, the next day of the trial.

“As a result of this indictment by defendant No. 2, the restraining order was lifted against defendant No. 3, but defendant No. 3, ignoring the constant action and affirmations given by the various Courts and defendant No. then ‘LGBT Pride Month’, “reads a court order issued today.

“Notice must be given to the defendants and the DAG [Deputy Attorney General] in Pakistan on 08.07.2021 and until then defendant No. 2 is hereby instructed to suspend the operation and/or access to the TikTok system in Pakistan.”

Attorneys Muhammad Asad Ashfaq and Maaz Waheed confirmed this through The Express Tribune.

On April 1, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) ordered the lifting of the ban on video sharing service TikTok, directing the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ensure non-compliant and unconditional non-compliance with the provisions of the Prohibition Act 2016.

Earlier, on March 11, 2021, TikTok was banned. As per PHC order, the PTA has issued instructions to online service providers to lift the TikTok app block.

PHC Chief Justice Qaisar Rashid Khan presided over the hearing of the application submitted through this communication application. The director general of the PTA, legal director and lawyer Jahanzeb Mehsud, and defense lawyer Sara Ali Khan were present.

During the course of the case, a senior PHC judge asked about the action taken regarding illegal content in the communication app. “They have also hired someone who will focus on them and they will look into all the negative and contradictory details that are being uploaded.”

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