ISLAMABAD (APP): The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled that the government could suspend cellular services under special circumstances.
A division bench of the apex court headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial on April 22, set aside the Islamabad High Court (IHC) judgment which struck down the policy directive dated December 26, 2009 published by the Ministry of Information Technology (IT and Telecom Division) under Section 8(2)(c) of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organisation) Act 1996.
The court in its judgment stated that the government could suspend mobile phone services in the specific situations.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) suspends mobile phone services on the specific occasions to ensure public order remains undisrupted.
In the instant case, the Supreme Court decided that the government could suspend cellular services under special circumstances and ordered the Pakistan Tele-communication Authority and IT ministry to come up with relevant standard operating procedures and procedures to do so.