Pak telcom authority gets notice over porn sites

Last Updated: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 16:07

Lahore: A court has issued notices to the
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Religious
Affairs Ministry to respond to a writ petition seeking a
permanent ban on "access to pornographic websites".

Taking up a petition filed by a man named Sohaib
Ahmad, Lahore High Court Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmed Khan
directed the respondents yesterday to file their replies
within a month.

Fahad Ahmad Siddiqui, the lawyer representing Ahmad,
sought the ban on pornographic websites by saying that the
"state religion of Pakistan is Islam and it has been
undertaken in the Constitution that steps shall be taken to
enable Muslims of the country to make their lives in
accordance with the fundamental principles and basic concepts
of Islam".

Siddiqui said the Constitution made it clear that
state would take "necessary steps for social justice and
eradication of social evils" and "prevent prostitution,
gambling and taking of injurious drugs, printing, publication,
circulation and display of obscene literature and
advertisements".

The counsel said popularisation of the internet by the
government was a welcome step but for the younger generation,
this path was full of dangers.

The youth is now exposed to a flood of information and
knowledge but at the same time, they have to browse through
junk emails "luring them to visit pornographic websites", he
claimed.

Siddiqui requested the court to ban the circulation
and display of obscene literature and advertisements through
these websites, which must be permanently blocked.

He asked the court to direct the government to draft a
regulation to monitor cyber porn traffic in the country.

This regulation could be on the lines of the mechanism
devised to control telephony traffic, he contended.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 16:07

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