Lawyers protest blasphemous websites
BAHAWALPUR: Members of the Bahawalpur High Court Bar Association on Wednesday boycotted courts to protest blasphemous material on nine websites, which the LHC bench on Tuesday had ordered should be blocked.
To register their protest, the bar members stayed away from the judicial work, and held a meeting presided over by their president, Muhammad Aslam Dukkar, at the barroom, passing a resolution to condemn the websites.
The resolution criticised the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) for not taking prompt action, urging the authorities concerned to ‘realise their responsibilities in this connection’.
The resolution further warned PTA that in future if it failed to take action on its own against such websites, the bar would move the high court against the authority.
Advocate Latifur Rehman, counsel for petitioner Muhammad Siddique, told Dawn LHC Judge Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu (Bahawalpur Bench) on Tuesday issued orders to block nine websites, including Yahoo, Hotmail, Google, U-Tube and others for carrying the blasphemous material.
The PTA law director has been told to appear with the record on June 28, while its chairman and the information technology ministry have been directed to submit their reports and para-wise comments by the same date.