ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Information and Technology (MoIT) Friday moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC), urging it to review its order regarding restriction on Inter-Ministerial Committee for Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW) about blocking of access to any website without the court's permission.

The ministry prayed this in a civil miscellaneous appeal filed in a case pending before the court of Justice Athar Minallah. The ministry pleaded that the court may review its decision as in the prevailing situation it is necessary to block or ban websites and URLs of terrorist organisations which are spreading their messages on internet.

Meanwhile, the petition was clubbed with the main petition filed by a local NGO, Bolo Bhi, through its counsel Advocate Babar Sattar, challenging the legality of the IMCEW and pleading the court to declare it unconstitutional.

Previously, the IHC bench ordered on December 15, 2014 that the IMCEW should not give any direction for blocking of a websites without the approval of the court during hearing of a writ petition filed by Bolo Bhi.

Besides, the court directed the Ministry of IT and PTA to submit details of all websites to which access has been blocked in the country.

The court also sought minutes of IMCEW meetings in which these decisions were taken within 15 days. The petitioner prayed before the court to declare the impugned notification and the constitution of IMCEW ultra vires to the Constitution, the Telecom Act, the General Clauses Act, the Rules of Business, 1973.