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Govt Says Will Review Controversial Social Media Regulations After Consulting With Stakeholders

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The federal government has told the Islamabad High Court (IHC) that it would revise the regulations on social media that were enforced earlier this year, to which the court responded positively.

In a case regarding the regulations heard by the high court, the IHC was apprised of the government’s decision by Attorney General Khalid Javed Khan.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah has been told that while reviewing the regulations, the government will consult with the petitioners and the stakeholders.

During the hearing, Justice Minallah noted that human rights are given to Articles 19 and 19-A of the Constitution.

“It seems that the stakeholders were not consulted in formulating the social media rules,” noted the court.

The attorney general assured the judge that petitioners would be consulted and it was not the best solution to close down a social platform. He requested the court to grant the government some time so that the rules could be jointly reviewed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the related stakeholders.

The court further noted that AGP’s response was “very positive,” adding that “consultation is important” and that reviewing the regulations was “appropriate.”

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