The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed a petition filed by a citizen, against the ban on usage of social media by the government employees.
The IHC Chief Justice, Athar Minallah, presided over the plea filed by a citizen named Muhammad Awais through his counsel, Advocate Mian Asif. The court dismissed the petition on the basis of non-compliance as the applicant’s lawyer did not appear before the court during the hearing.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Ministry of Interior issued a notification on Dec 16 banning government officials’ social media accounts. It stated: “The minister for interior has directed that no officer/official should interact with media (print/electronic) nor upload any official’s view/comment on social media or any other channel of information, except with the formal and written approval of the secretary interior or head of the attached department/organisation, as the case may be.”
The petition cited the ministries of interior and law and justice, as well as the interior secretary, as respondents. It stated: “While issuing the above said notification respondents also deleted the social media accounts of the government officers including DC Islamabad, which is a clear violation of the Article 19 (Freedom of Expression) of the constitution of Pakistan.”
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