January 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Friday sentenced three to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media while a fourth accused was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
بیرورپورٹ; لاہور; فیس بک نے کہا ہے کہ اس نے جعلی اکاؤنٹس اور صفحات کے سات علیحدہ نیٹ ورکس کو ختم کردیا ہے جو ایران ، افغانستان ، مصر ، ترکی ، مراکش ، میانمار ، جارجیا اور یوکرین میں "مربوط غیر مستند رویے" کی وجہ سے سرگرم تھے۔
December 19th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) to hold a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders over the newly-introduced social media rules in the country.
February 8th, 2021 By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE;A suspect arrested on a tip from Interpol is being investigated for links with international child pornography ring, an official from the Federal Investigation Agency told Voicepk.net on Monday.Speaking to Voicepk.net, Muhammad Iqbal, deputy director of FIA, Gujranwala, said the agency had arrested the suspect from Sialkot for sharing pornographic videos and pictures of children on social media platforms and the dark web. He said information about the suspect was received from Italy though the Interpol. “Acting on the tip-off, we located the suspect and arrested him along with a laptop and cell phone,” Iqbal said, adding that dozens of child porn videos were found on the seized equipment.
The Islamabad High Court has stopped the FIA from taking any action against a journalist over his allegedly ‘objectionable’ articles and posts on social media.
November 20th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In its reaction to recently notified social media rules, a coalition of big technology firms has warned of pulling out of the country saying the PTA will force social media companies to violate established human rights norms on privacy and freedom of expression.
Meesha's legal team has reacted to the reporting by FIA that she was held ‘guilty’ saying it is for the court to decide whether she is guilty or not.
Pakistan has a history of covert operations carried against governments, politicians, activists and even common citizens. In 1998, the Supreme Court held that covert surveillance of judges and information gathered through nefarious means, such as eavesdropping by the agencies, phone tapping and intimidation were ample reasons and sufficient grounds for the dissolution of the Benazir Bhutto government. It said that Bhutto has been accused of receiving sealed envelopes with sensitive and private information.
December 11th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In a new letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, big technology firms have outlined their objections to the social media rules in the country, renewing calls for a credible consultation with the gove6rnment.
Lawyers, journalists and civil society organisations have reacted strongly to Prime Minister Imran Khan's defence of the controversial cybercrime ordinance in his address to the nation, saying that it seems the premiere was unaware of all facts in this regard.