ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) demanded an explanation from the interior secretary on Monday for refusing the advantages of the internet to people of the past Federally Administrated Tribal Areas.
IHC bench, headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah, was hearing an appeal recorded by a student belongs to Parachinar region of Kurram Agency, which was a part of Fata before its merger with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
3G & 4G Internet Access
Justice Minallah had coordinated the ministry of IT a week ago to re-establish 3G and 4G internet providers in the previous tribal area.
In any case, the petitioner’s counsel, Abdul Rahim Wazir, said at Monday’s hearing that regardless of the court’s orders, internet providers had not been re-established in the area.
Ministry of IT informed the IHC that the interior ministry had suspended internet providers in the area in 2016 over security concerns.
Justice Minallah saw that law authorization agencies were rendering immense sacrifices for the nation, however, this shouldn’t be an affection to deny people of administrations like the internet.
He again gave directives for the rebuilding of internet connections in the former tribal and suspended hearing in the issue to April 28.
Abdul Rahim Wazir, the petitioner’s advice, had claimed before the court during the last hearing that access to the internet was an unavoidably ensured right and an integral part of fundamental rights ensured under Articles 19 and 19-An of the Constitution.
The Counsel further disputed that it was vital for a student to have internet access by virtue of the lockdown.
Students living in previous Fata district are facing issues in proceeding their studies from online classes during the lockdown due to the absence of internet access. They have even arranged a series of protests in Islamabad.
Rights activists have censured the administration for denial of the internet access to them.