Ban on TikTok lifted in Pakistan: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said that Peshawar High Court (PHC) has lifted the ban on TikTok ordered by a single-member bench of the same court.
“Peshawar High Court has suspended the operation of single bench judgement, ban on TikTok has been lifted,” tweeted the federal minister
The minister said Pakistan should be careful while taking decisions that may cause harm to the economic future of the country.
“We need a framework to encourage international companies to make Pakistan their investment hub,” said the minister.
PTA directs service providers to ban TikTok
Last month, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had directed the country’s service providers to block users’ access to video-sharing app TikTok — in line with the court’s orders.
The PHC had ordered Pakistani authorities to immediately ban the video-sharing platform in the country.
“In respectful compliance to the orders of the Peshawar High Court, PTA has issued directions to the service providers to immediately block access to the TikTok App,” the PTA said.
The orders were issued by PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan, who was hearing a petition filed by a citizen seeking a ban on Tiktok.
This was the second time that the widely used App was banned in Pakistan.
In October of last year, the PTA had blocked the Chinese-owned video-sharing app after the company “failed to fully comply” with its instructions for “development of an effective mechanism for proactive moderation of unlawful online content”.
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