Peshawar High Court Lifts Ban on TikTok


Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has announced the lifting of TikTok ban by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) ordered by a single-member bench of the same court. 

On Thursday, Federal Minister for Science and Technology announced the lifting of ban from the video sharing platform via Twitter post. He said that the country should be careful while taking decisions that may cause harm to the economic future of the country. 

He posted, “Pesh HC has suspended the operation of single bench judgement,ban on @TikTok_Paki has been lifted,my submission is lets be very careful while taking decisions that may effect Economic future of Pak,we need a framework to encourage int companies so to make Pak their investment hub” 

During the hearing, PHC CJ Qaiser Rashid Khan asked an official of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) that what kind of action the authority has taken to eliminate the “immoral content” on the platform. The PTA DG was present in the court who said that the issue had been taken up with the TikTok’s management again and the company has engaged a focal person on the issue. 

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“We will monitor all the immoral and illegal things being uploaded on TikTok,” said the DG PTA. 

On the answer of DG, the judge told the PTA that there should be maintained system that can differentiate between “good and bad”. “When PTA take action [against immoral content], people will not upload such videos,” said Justice Qaiser. 

The PTA official further answered the court by saying that they have talked to TikTok to block those who make such mistakes again and again. 

The court then issued orders to unban the app, “Open TikTok but immoral content should not be uploaded,” said the court while issuing the orders and adjourned the hearing till May 25.  

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