[bestbits] SUCCESS! Fwd: Mobile Network Shutdowns declared Illegal

shahzad ahmad shahzad at bytesforall.pk
Mon Feb 26 02:10:42 EST 2018

Dear Colleagues,

This is the most wonderful news in days and a great victory for the digital rights movement.

Yet again, it proves that how Research can bring wonderful policy changes that we all are striving for.

Umer cced is a young brilliant lawyer based in Islamabad and he took this initiative at his own based on the following published research.

https://www.bytesforall.pk/publication/network-shutdowns-pakistan <https://www.bytesforall.pk/publication/network-shutdowns-pakistan>

We are extremely thankful for all the great work by Umer and his team for taking this up in the court.

Thanks are also due to Dr. Lucy Purdon and Dr. Ben Wagner for their amazing timely work and helping us conduct this research in Pakistan. Also copying Salil Bhai at IHRB, who was great help and support as always.

We look forward to your advice on how to take this forward.

Best wishes and regards


Shahzad Ahmad
Country Director, Bytes for All, Pakistan
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Begin forwarded message:

From: Umer Gilani
Subject: Mobile Network Shutdowns declared Illegal
Date: February 26, 2018 at 10:37:29 AM GMT+5
To: shahzad ahmad <shahzad at bytesforall.pk>
Cc: Haroon Baloch <haroon at bytesforall.pk>, tehmina <tehmina at bytesforall.pk>

Dear Shahzad sahib

Just an hour ago, the Islamabad High Court has allowed the petitions filed by public interest petitioner against mobile network shutdowns. The shutdowns have been declared as illegal being contrary to the provisions of Section 54 of the PTA Act which states that the government can exercise this drastic power only when a Proclamation of Emergency has been issued - which has happened only a couple of times in our history. In all other circumstance, the shutdowns are illegal.

The ruling, being against PTA and Federal Government, would be applicable all over Pakistan.

While we expect an appeal, this is nonetheless a great victory for digital rights in the context of present day Pakistan.

We have applied for a copy of the detailed judgment. Once we have the detailed judgment, it would be helpful to arrange a round-table of the sort we discussed when we last met.

Umer Gilani, LLM (Washington), BA-LLB (LUMS)

The Law and Policy Chambers
Office No. F-24, Afzal Center,
Opp. Islamabad High Court, G-10/1

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