The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is seeking suggestions regarding the social media rules in Pakistan and for that it has appointed representatives of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and digital media experts as amici curiae in a case related to these rules.

The Chief Justice of IHC Athar Minallah has asked the digital media experts including Sadaf Baig, Nighat Dad, Fareeha Aziz, Rafay Baloch and representatives of the PBC and the PFUJ to apprise the court whether the social media rules were contradictory to the constitutional provisions or not.

Meanwhile, the Additional Attorney General Qasim Wadud has informed the court that the stakeholders have been brought under consultation on the social media rules as per the directives given by the court.

Qasim Wadud said that a committee has been constituted by the Prime Minister Imran Khan, which will be headed by the federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari. This committee was constituted to review the social media rules which had held consultative sessions with over 30 stakeholders.


The committee had also held discussions with managements of leading social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and other international forums in connection with the rules, Wadud added.

“Where on earth an authority conducts moral policing,” questioned Justice Minallah. He then referred to the ban on social media platform TikTok and asked for what reason the application was suspended in the country.

To this the attorney general told the court that the ban has been lifted.

Meanwhile, the court asked the amici curiae to review the social media rules and submit a report. Further hearing in this matter has been adjourned till Jan 6.

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