[bestbits] Mobile network shutdown declared illegal in Pakistan

Renata Aquino Ribeiro raquino at gmail.com
Mon Feb 26 09:25:33 EST 2018

Great news! Congratulations to all Pakistan!

On Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 3:40 AM, Nighat Dad <nigidaad at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just received the message below from Advocate Umer Gillani who filed
> ​a​
>  petition
> ​ against mobile network shutdowns​
>  in Islamabad High Court.
> "A bit of good news. Just an hour ago, the Islamabad High Court has
> allowed the petitions filed by 4 public interest petitioners 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.
> The order was announced by Justice Ather Minallah today. We have applied
> for a copy of the detailed judgment which should be . Once we have the
> detailed judgment, it would be helpful to sit and discuss this"
> Best,
> Nighat Dad
> Digital Rights Foundation
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