SC issues notice to AG in mobile companies case – Banning late-night packages
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday admitted an appeal of cellular companies for regular hearing against the dismissal of their petition by Islamabad High Court related to the matter about banning mobile chat services and late-night packages.
A two-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, after admitting the appeal of mobile companies, issued notice to Attorney General for Pakistan.During the hearing, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani observed as to why the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) had believed that people used late-night packages for romantic chats. He said that businessmen also used these packages for business purposes.
He questioned as under what law the PTA banned the low rate packages when it is inactive due to absence of its head.Appearing on notice, Ali Raza Kazim, counsel for mobile phone companies, contended that IHC did not hear their stance completely as the purpose of night packages is to provide facilities to people. He requested the court to issue an interim order over Islamabad High Court’s verdict.
The counsel for the PTA, however, appraised the court that it had received several complaints in its human rights cell about the misuse of late-night packages.The counsel assured the court that the PTA chairman would be appointed within a week. Later, the court adjourned the hearing for date-in-office.