Islamabad High Court (IHC) has suspended the single bench order calling the suspension of mobile phone service illegal.
Now the federal government can once again suspend the mobile phone service on the pretext of security especially during the oncoming Pakistan Day Parade on 23rd March.
The stay has been provided by the division bench of IHC, comprising of Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani.
It is to be noted here that it is an interim stay provided on the intra-court appeal (ICA) by the federal government which challenged the Justice Athar Minallah’s verdict on 26th February 2018.
The bench has suspended the order until the first week of May unless the court issues any directives in this regard
Justice Minallah gave the verdict based on several petitions which challenged government’s privilege to shut down mobile phone service during key events in different parts of Pakistan.
The government later filed the ICA arguing that providing mobile phone service is not as important as the national security. Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) also requested the court to suspend the earlier verdict for the time being.
In light of the order, Pakistanis can expect the suspension of mobile phone service on 23rd March.