Pakistan Lifts TikTok Ban

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday lifted the ban on TikTok after the telecom regulator assured the court of issuing a ruling on the petitioner’s request by Monday.

The SHC had on July 28 ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to suspend the services of the video-sharing site on June 28 on a citizen’s petition, who was aggrieved by the “immorality and obscenity” on the mobile app.

During today’s hearing, the PTA apprised the court that it had blocked access to the app on June 30.

It had requested the court to review its decision and allow it to restore the services.

The PTA counsel assured the court that it would expedite the process on the petitioner’s request and issue a ruling on it by July 5.

After hearing the arguments, the SHC withdrew the suspension order and directed the PTA to make a decision on the matter till then.

The hearing was then adjourned till next Monday.

It is pertinent to mention that TikTok was blocked for the third time in the past 12 months due to the content shared on the mobile app.

It was earlier banned in April by the Peshawar High Court on the same grounds. The PTA had also taken action against TikTok in October and blocked access to it.

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