ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday granted interim relief to Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) by permitting it to block unwanted websites while submitting reasons of blocking them in the court.A single member bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah resumed the hearing of a petition moved by a local NGO, Bolo Bhi, challenging the authority of Inter-Ministerial Committee for Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW) for the blocking of websites and pleading the court to declare it as unconstitutional.During the hearing, Babar Sattar Advocate informed the bench that PTA had deprived their patrons from latest developments in IT. He said that IMCEW blocked some very important and informative websites illegally, which was the violation of consumer’s right.He further pleaded that neither PTA nor IMCEW could make decision to block the websites.Meanwhile, Chairman PTA Dr. Ismail Shah, representative of Ministry IT Mudasar Hussain, appeared before the court and submitted their written stance comprising the list of some 60,000 plus blocked websites.He said that the authority protects the rights of its consumers further more interests of the users of telecommunication services were duly safeguarded and protected under section 5, read with section 21 of the Act. And the committee had mandate of blocking.Earlier, the court while issuing stay order on the petition restrained the IMCEW from issuing any order regarding blocking access to websites without the court’s permission.Later, the bench deferred the proceedings in this matter with date in office.

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