LAHORE Observing that access to facts and the truth cannot be denied to the citizens of Pakistan, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court Friday in limine dismissed a petition which prayed for a ban on the publication, printing and broadcast of the WikiLeaks reports on Pakistan. The judge said nothing is greater than the truth and what WikiLeaks reports published now, our media had been revealing to the masses far ago. The petition has been filed by one Arif Gondal contending that the WikiLeaks cables about Pakistan and the Islamic states were aimed at creating tensions and souring ties between these countries. He also contends that the reports not only purported to malign Pakistani leadership but also the military as such they merit ban on their publication and broadcast in any manner in Pakistan. The judge asked of the petitioner about the reports that what nature they are? The petitioner said they have been released by a journalist. The court said no, they are reports on the communications by the US diplomats. The court asked the petitioner if he was affected by these reports as if they are directed to him? He said no adding but are quite controversial ones as such they need not to be made public. The judge said the reports are based on facts and the truth, however it is otherwise that baat to such hey magar bat hey ruswai ki. The judge said nothing is greater than the truth and asked if this court or anyone sitting in the courtroom or even the petitioner has been affected by these reports? And the petitioner replied in negative, However, he said that the objective of the same seems an attempt to create instability in the country. He said almost the whole material in the reports is against the Islamic states wherein they have brought about a storm and commotion and are being termed as another 9/11. The judge said on it that the court cannot restrain 178 states in the world from publication of the reports then to what effect and use of placing restrictions on its publication in Pakistan? The judges asked the petitioner that did he believe that Pakistanis do not deserve to hear the truth and facts? The court remarked it was the 21st century when people could not be kept aloof of the truth and in the dark. The petitioner on it pointed out in relation to the reports that they could work to derail the system. The court on it remarked may God shower His mercy on such a system which is susceptible to instability through a communication. The judge said we need to face the realities eye to eye. The secret information may cause trouble for some personalities in Pakistan but it will be good for growth of the nation in the long run. We, as a nation, should have courage to tolerate and digest criticism and live with it, the judge said. The petitioner urged the court to issue notice to the Federal Government or the Ministry of Information Technology to hear its point of view. The court did not incline to grant the request observing, how could this court restrict publication of these reports if they were broadcast or printed by BBC, CNN, FOX News, or Times or Tribune. The court referring to the anchorpersons of various TV channels in Pakistan said they have been communicating these facts to the masses through their programmes which now are coming forth in details through the WikiLeaks. The court also observed that no one directly affected by these reports has come before court and dismissed the petition at the preliminary stage.