Ban on Late Night Mobile Phone Packages, Supreme Court admits plea of cellular companies

Ban on Late Night Mobile Phone packages, SC admits plea of cellular companies

Islamabad (Wednesday, September 25, 2013) – Supreme Court (SC) has admitted an appeal by mobile phone companies against the dismissal of their petition by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on the issue of banning mobile chat services and late-night packages.

Mobile Phone Companies Logos, Mibilink, Ufone, Telenor, Wrid, Zong

Mobile Phone Companies Logos, Mobilink, Ufone, Telenor, Warid, Zong

A two-member bench of the court, headed by Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, issued a notice to attorney general for Pakistan (AGP) on the plea by mobile phone companies to issue stay order against the IHC’s decision.

Justice Jillani said, “Why did the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) believe that people use late-night packages for romantic chats?”

He said that businessmen also used these packages for business purposes. He also said that when PTA was “inactive due to absence of its head, then under which law low-rate packages have been banned?”

Justice Ameer Hani Muslim asked if there was a ban on mobile phone chatting at night.

Ali Raza Kazim, counsel of mobile phone companies, said the IHC did not hear their stance completely as the purpose of such night packages is to facilitate people. He requested the court to issue an interim order against the Islamabad High Court’s verdict.

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