SC sees no harm in late night phone chats


Supreme Court judge Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jillani has said no one can be stopped from talking over the telephone at night unless they misuse it.

Presiding over a two-member SC bench on Wednesday, which was hearing an appeal filed by mobile phone companies against the decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in the inexpensive night chat packages case, the judge said the dysfunctional PTA could not impose such a ban.

The PTA counsel plead during the course of the hearing that the PTA Human Rights Cell had been receiving complaints that the cheap night chat packages introduced by the mobile phone companies could make the youth immoral and so the PTA had decided to ban the packages.

The court questioned how such steps could be taken when the PTA did not have any chairman or members.

The PTA counsel told the court that a chairman and members would be appointed within a week and asked for one week time.

The mobile companies requested the court to issue a stay order against the IHC decision to which the court replied that a decision would be taken after hearing the stance of the attorney general (AG).

The court issued notices to the AG and PTA and adjourned the hearing of the appeal for an indefinite period.