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Nine websites to remain blocked, PTA tells LHC

BAHAWALPUR: Justice Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu of the Lahore High Court’s Bahawalpur Bench has adjourned till Sept 22 hearing of a petition against the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) after an official of the authority assured the court that nine websites which allegedly contained blasphemous material would remain blocked.

Petitioner Siddique Muhammad’s counsel Latifur Rehman told Dawn that injunctive order issued on June 22 had been recalled on the assurance of the PTA director legal that the websites would remain blocked.

The petitioner’s counsel said the contempt applications filed by him against the federal IT secretary, PTA chairman and PM’s adviser on IT Sardar Latif Khan Khosa and by a deputy attorney general against him (Rehman) had also been withdrawn.

He said that PTA officials provided their telephone numbers and e-mail address so that any person could access them in case of any complaint regarding objectionable material on any website.

SELL-OFF: Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani has criticised the Punjab government’s sell-off policy under which, he alleged, state assets worth Rs7 billion were being disposed of at throwaway prices in three districts of the Bahawalpur Division.

Presiding over the inauguration of Bahawalpur United Front’s youth wing here on Monday, he warned that a campaign would be launched after July 4 if the sell-off was not halted.

Durrani claimed that sale of all such government properties would be cancelled when the Bahawalpur province would be restored. He urged the youth to join the struggle for a separate province as their future laid in the creation/restoration of a separate province.

JUI: JUI-Sami ameer Maulana Samiul Haq has said there were no training camps of militants or saboteurs in any seminary in south Punjab, and as such the federal government at the behest of US officials should desist from launching any army action in this area.

At a press conference here on Monday, Maulana Haq offered his services to conduct inspection of any seminary in the region and urged the rulers to get rid of American policies.

He said conventions would be organised in Bahawalpur on July 24, Multan on July 25 and Dera Ghazi Khan on July 26 to defend the seminaries.

He did not rule out the possibility of involvement of Indian or Afghan intelligence agencies in the recent bomb blasts in Pakistan, and said the government should expose such foreign hands.

Maulana Haq favoured the demand for restoration of Bahawalpur province and creation of new provinces but not on the basis of language or regional prejudices.
Source: Dawn