SHC orders to provide uninterrupted Internet to all citizens on Feb 8.
According to the directive of the SHC, every citizen should have uninterrupted access to the Internet until the elections on February 8.
A two-member bench headed by Chief Justice Aqeel Abbasi heard the arguments of lawyer Gibran Nasir.
The social activist and lawyer, who is contesting for the PS-110 Sindh Assembly seat, has filed a case against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other parties in the Sindh High Court over the continuous outages and disruptions in internet connection. . The court accepted the request for early hearing.
Jibran Nasir informed the court that social media access and internet service were blocked nationwide on December 17, January 7, and January 20, and that there had been intermittent disruptions to internet service in some regions of the nation for a number of days in a row.
He took the position in the petition that it is now challenging for candidates to run their campaigns because of the unwarranted suspension of internet service.
The petition, which asks for the parties to be told not to impede citizens’ access to social media until the general elections, has been made a party to the ministries of interior and IT as well as the PTA.
The parties were urged to answer by January 29 after the court imposed a stay order to prevent the internet service from being suspended.