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IN THE LAHORE HIGH COURT, AT LAHORE







WRIT PETITION No._____/2011

Sohaib Ahmad son of Mohammad Yaqoob
PETITIONER


VERSUS

1. Government of Pakistan Through Secretary Ministry of Science & Technology , Islamabad,

2. Ministry of IT & Telecommunication, Government of Pakistan, through its Secretary, 4th Floor, Evacuee Trust Complex, Agha Khan Road, F-5/1,. Islamabad,

3. Ministry of Religious Affairs, through its Secretary, 20 –Civic Centre, G-6 Markaz, Islamabad

4. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority through its Chairman, PTA Headquarters , Islamabad,

5. Pakistan Telecommunication Company limited through its President, PTCL Headquarters G-8/4, Mauve Area, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-tijarat Road, Islamabad

6. Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan through its C.E.O, Mr. Shaheed Ahmad Khan resident of Sarwar Shaheed Road, Ground Floor, Lakson Square Building No.2 , Karachi , opposite Karachi Press Club.

7. Council of Islamic Ideology , through its Chairman, Plot # 46, Ataturk Avenue, Sector G-5/2, Islamabad,

8. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority through its Chairman, Adjacent to Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority, Mauve Area, G-8, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-tijarat Road, Islamabad

9. Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES, through its President, Room No. 310, 3rd Floor, Business center, Block 2, PECHD, Main Shahrah-a-Faisal, Karachi.



10. Board of Information & Technology, Government of the Punjab through its Chairman, 5 Model Town, Lahore.

11. Inspector General of Police Punjab, Lahore

RESPONDENTS

WRIT PETITION UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF ARTICLE 199 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN, 1973

Respectfully Sheweth:

That the brief facts leading to the filling of the instant writ petition are given hereunder:-

1. That it is submitted with respect that the petitioner is a citizen of Pakistan and has filed the instant petition in pro bono publico , is an aggrieved person with sufficient interest in the redresser of his grievances couched in the gist of the instant writ petition . it is further significant to be noted here that if there is any abuse of trust or violation of law, it qualifies any member of the general public as an "aggrieved person" with the right to invoke the constitutional jurisdiction of High Court. There exist flagrant abuse of trust on the part of the Respondents No.1-11 reposed by the Public to act in accordance with law in as much as Public functionaries are supposed to understand the importance and meaning of democratic welfare State.

2. That it is submitted with respect that Article 1 (I) of the constitution of Pakistan, 1973 provides that ‘Pakistan shall be a Federal Republic to be known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, hereinafter referred to as Pakistan’. It may be pertinent to point out that Pakistan has been the first country in modern history to introduce the concept of an ‘Islamic Republic’ which was later on also adopted by Iran and Libya. Not only the name of the country itself but also the political system of its governance incorporated therein shows the wishes of its people to blend modernity with their faith. Article 2 of the constitution, providing that: Islam shall be the state religion of Pakistan’, again highlights the same theme and accomplishes the same object of the creation of Pakistan.

3. That it is further significant to be noted here that the state religion of Pakistan will be Islam , in as much as it has been undertaken in the Constitution of Islamic republic of Pakistan that Steps shall be taken to enable the Muslims of Pakistan to order their lives in accordance with the fundamental principles and basic concepts of Islam. It if further undertaken that The State shall take necessary steps for prosecution of social justice and eradication of social evils and shall prevent prostitution, gambling and taking of injurious drugs, printing, publication, circulation and display of obscene literature and advertisements. That the stance of the petitioner is further fortified with the commitment undertaken in the Constitution that the state shall try to make the teachings of Holy Quran and Islamiat compulsory to encourage and facilitate the learning of Arabic language.

4. That it is significant to be noted here that the popularization of Internet by the Government of Pakistan is a welcome step. In a decade Internet is being made accessible throughout Pakistan. The government has also drastically cut the Internet connection to schools, colleges and universities. The setting up of Internet kiosks and cafes for those who cannot afford to buy a personal computer and an Internet connection at home will no doubt help bridge the digital divide to a great extent. But for the younger generation, this path is full of dangers. The young generation is now exposed to a flood of information and knowledge, but at the same time they have to browse through junk e-mails luring them to visit pornographic sites. It is very difficult to contain the rain of smut on the Net and protect children from it. “Fearing pornographic surfing by children and employees, parents and businessmen have urged the government to introduce filtering devices on the Internet that deny access to pornographic sites.” However despite repeated caution notes raised by the media of Pakistan in general and the parents in particular, the Respondents enumerated above have paid no heed so far in this regard.

5. That it is submitted with humility that pornographic movies and images is another area of grave concern. In Pakistan, this phenomenon may not exist, but some destructive minds may indulge in this practice and spread pornography on the Net. “Pornography is one of the Internets’ worst crimes against our children; a crime justifying sex myths and actual sexual abuse, as well as helping pedophiles to, via the Internet, make appointments with the client. Pornography is, thus, not only an expression of certain individual’s sexual fantasies, but also leads to the growing evil spiral of sexual abuse in practice.”

6. That it is significant to be noted here that While the world is taking advantage of the vast resources made available at their doorsteps by the Internet, the young and not so young surfers in Pakistan waste their time on obscene sites, it is further submitted with respect that even in advanced countries, the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) have made arrangements to block all pornographic material so that children cannot access it. For instance Kingdom of Saudi Arabia only permitted its citizen’s public access to the Internet once the state felt confident it could control the content users could access. Strong Internet filtering was a prerequisite for Internet deployment in the Kingdom, but in Pakistan no such arrangement has so far been devised by the Respondent No.1 or 2 or by the Internet Service Providers working in Pakistan.

7. That it is submitted with respect that In Pakistan, with the growing use of Internet, Net cafes and Internet Clubs, the pornography is gaining space. Contrary to the West, the Internet Club users in Pakistan largely comprise children below 18-20 because normally majority of them have no access at homes. Teenagers throng Internet Clubs and then they go to video shops to have porno movies. The watching of such material which is now easily accessible, they tend to act as they see in porno material. It is an undeniable fact that these materials always provoke to have a sexual act. Though there is no data available which can show the gravity of the situation in Pakistan, but circumstantial evidences prove that our children are becoming vulnerable to pornography owing to a variety of reasons. Earlier, only a couple of cinema houses in urban centre were supposed to screen porno shows. Now, the situation is different, the children who have access to Internet can see what they want with a click of mouse. They can download pictures, movies and texts. The most dangerous trend emerging out of children’s access to pornography is the growing cases of incest in middle class in urban areas. Incest cases in our society are not reported in normal circumstances.

8. That the petitioners seeks the gracious indulgence of this Honourable Court for the redresser of their grievances on the following amongst other inter alia



GROUNDS



a. That it is pertinent to be noted here that as per the Verse No. 151 of the Surah al Anaam, the Pornography is strictly prohibited. The said verse is reproduced below for the perusal of this Honourable Court

“ Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be good and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty - We provide sustenance for you and for them; come not near to Al-Fawahish (shameful sins, illegal sexual intercourse) whether committed openly or secretly; and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause (according to Islamic law). This He has commanded you that you may understand. “
( سورة الأنعام , Al-Anaam, Chapter #6, Verse #151)

b. That Again in Surah l Nehal Chapter # 16 , Verse # 90, Allah Holds His Decree against Fawahish in the following words:

“Verily, Allah enjoins Al-'Adl (i.e. justice and worshipping none but Allah Alone - Islamic Monotheism) and Al-Ihsan [i.e. to be patient in performing your duties to Allah, totally for Allah's sake and in accordance with the Sunnah (legal ways) of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in a perfect manner], and giving (help) to kith and kin (i.e. all that Allah has ordered you to give them e.g., wealth, visiting, looking after them, or any other kind of help), and forbids Al-Fahsha' (i.e. all evil deeds, e.g. illegal sexual acts, disobedience of parents, polytheism, to tell lies, to give false witness, to kill a life without right), and Al-Munkar (i.e. all that is prohibited by Islamic law: polytheism of every kind, disbelief and every kind of evil deeds), and Al-Baghy (i.e. all kinds of oppression). He admonishes you, that you may take heed. “
( سورة النحل , An-Nahl, Chapter #16, Verse #90)

c. That it is submitted here with respect that "Surely Allah enjoins justice, kindness and the doing of good, to kith and kin; and He forbids all that is shameful, indecent, evil, rebellious and oppressive. Pornography and the culture of pornography have all the three elements which Allah has prohibited in the above verse of the Quran: Fahsha; Munkar, Baghy. Here is a bit of terminology before we review the rest of the evidence prohibiting pornography.

i. Fahsha:

According to the Al-Mawrid Arabic-English dictionary of Munir Baalbaki, Fuhash is obscenity, vulgarity, indecency, shamelessness and something that is dirty, filthy and foul.
Fahsha, translated as anything shameful, is a Quranic term which in the Quran and Hadith has been used widely for unIslamic sexual behavior. The Quran uses it as in the above verse (Quran 16:90). It is a set of vices that embraces the whole range of evil and shameful deeds. Scholars of the Quran have included every vice which is intrinsically of a highly reprehensible character into this category whether it is fornication, nudity, public foreplay as depicted in films and photos, pornography, hurling abuses and curse words, promiscuous mixing, or dresses designed to expose the body. At the highest level of Fahsha, Allah has included adultery (Quran 17:32) and same gender sex (Quran 7:80; 27:54).
All scholars agree pornography is included in the term Fahsha.
ii. Al-Munkar

Al-Mawrid English - Arabic Dictionary describes Munkar as gross, abominable, detestable, atrocious, outrageous, and flagrant.

As a major Quranic term it means something which is universally acknowledged as bad and immoral. This category includes all evils which have been unanimously condemned by the human conscience and which have been forbidden by Divine Law in all ages.

iii. Al-Baghi

According to Al-Mawrid English - Arabic dictionary, this term means wrong, injustice, outrage, and transgression.

d. That It is further submitted with respect that the Holy Prophet also strictly condemns all kinds of shameful sins , the relevant Hadith is reproduced hereto below for the perusal of this Honourable Court

(1). “Narrated Abdullah bin Mas'ud: Allah's Apostle said, "None has more sense of ghaira than Allah, and for this He has forbidden shameful sins whether committed openly or secretly, and none loves to be praised more than Allah does, and this is why He Praises Himself." (Book #60, Hadith #161)”

(2). No man or woman should look at the naked body of each other (unless married). Sahih Muslim

(3). By God, I would prefer to be thrown from the skies and spattered in parts than to look at someone's private parts or let someone look at my private parts. Narrated by Salman. Almabs ooth kitabul istehsan.

(4). don’t expose your thigh to anyone and don't look at the thigh of any person even if s/he is dead. Narrated Ali ibn abi Talib. Ibn e Maja, Abi Dawud, Darqutani. Tafseer Kabeer.

(5). “Narrated Abdullah bin Mas'ud: Allah's Apostle said, "None has more sense of ghaira than Allah, and for this He has forbidden shameful sins whether committed openly or secretly, and none loves to be praised more than Allah does, and this is why He Praises Himself." (Book #60, Hadith #161)”



e. That it is submitted with respect that The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, under its principle of policy clause 37 (g), provides that the state shall prevent prostitution, gambling and taking of injurious drugs, printing, publication, circulation and display of obscene literature and advertisements.



9. That it is further most humbly stated here that multiple provisions of Pakistan Penal Code are also envisaged to curb shameful sins and acts within Pakistan. Like Section 292 prohibits the sale of obscene literature and/or books; the punishment is three months imprisonment or a fine or both. Under Section 298 the selling of such obscene literature and/or books to children under 20 year of age is punishable by imprisonment for six months or a fine or both. Under Section 294 obscene acts and songs are punishable by imprisonment of three months or a fine or both.

10. That it is submitted here with respect that the values that pornography propagates are against the concept of a family. Pornography completely weakens the traditional values that favour marriage, family and children. Is that where we want our society to head. The stance of the petitioner is further fortified from the fact that Pornography clearly exploits women and is complicit in violence against women. Pornography is synonymous with domination, humiliation, and coercion of women, and reinforces sexual and cultural attitudes promoting sexual harassment. Forget kids for a second. Think about this… In a conservative society like ours a person can throw all caution to the wind and get full access to sexually explicit content with very little hurdles. What then? Where does this frustration vent out? Pre-marital affairs, extra marital affairs, rape, child molestation and what not!!!

11. That it is submitted here with respect that it is submitted with utmost respect that our children are our most valuable asset. They are considered to be the future of the nation. They are also the most vulnerable members of our society. Protecting our children against the fear of crime and from becoming victims of crime must be a national priority. Unfortunately the same advances in computer and telecommunication technology that allow our children to reach out to new sources of knowledge and cultural experiences are also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders. It is significant to be noted here that it is the responsibility on the part of the Respondent No.1 to procure all measures which could maintain the public morality in the Country; it is the duty of the state to exercise its writ on this particular subject which is threatening our future i.e. the young generation of Pakistan. In which it apparently failed to its maximum.

12. That it is further submitted here with respect that While on-line computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, they can be exposed to dangers as they hit the road exploring the information highway. There are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Some of these individuals gradually seduce their targets through the use of attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts. These individuals are often willing to devote considerable amounts of time, money, and energy in this process. They listen to and empathize with the problems of children. They will be aware of the latest music, hobbies, and interests of children. These individuals attempt to gradually lower children’s inhibitions by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations. There are other individuals, however, who immediately engage in sexually explicit conversations with children. Some offenders primarily collect and trade pornographic images, while others seek face-to-face meetings with children via on-line contacts. The stance of the petitioners is further fortified from the increase in statists of sex related crimes in the Country in the last ten years; it is the high time now to curb this practice. The gravity of the situation can be witnessed by the letter written by one student of Grade 9th namely Abdullah from Karachi aged about 15 years. The copy of the letter is appended herewith as ANNEXURE “A”.

13. That it is further submitted here with respect Google ranks Pakistan No. 1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in the world in searches per person for certain sex-related content, it is further peculiar to be noted here that Pakistan is top dog in searches per-person for "horse sex" since 2004, "donkey sex" since 2007, "rape pictures" between 2004 and 2009, "rape sex" since 2004, "child sex" between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, "animal sex" since 2004 and "dog sex" since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.

14. That the stance of the petitioners is further fortified from the fact that The country also is tops -- or has been No. 1 -- in searches for "sex," "camel sex," "rape video," "child sex video" and some other searches that can't be printed here. Google Trends generates data of popular search terms in geographic locations during specific time frames. Google Insights is a more advanced version that allows users to filter a search to geographic locations, time frames and the nature of a search, including web, images, products and news. Pakistan ranked No. 1 in all the searches listed above on Google Trends, but on only some of them in Google Insights. As per the reports published in FOX News in their 14th July 2010, publication. The copy of the publication is appended herewith as ANNEXURE “B”.

15. That it is submitted with respect that this country has its own social values and norms that 99.8 percent of the population strictly follows. One of the most pervasive tools of pornography is the television. Shows like Big Boss have no other purpose except to display balatant degrees of nakedness and indecent scenes of intimacy. I remember there was a time, when Anwar Maqsood was asked to not to write a scene where a brother and sister were supposed to be shot in a room with no one else present there. Today, the situation has changed a lot – we need to think upon the customs our Television channels are preaching. We don’t want to hinder the concept of enlightened moderation, however, when such moderation is causing the mental and physical health of our youth, it should be questioned by authority concerned, i.e. PEMRA. However the authority concerned is dumb and numb in this regard for reasons apparently extraneous in this regard.

16. That it is further submitted here with respect that Section 27 (a) of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Ordinance 2002, As Amended by the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority Amendment Act 2007 ( Act No. II of 2007)
“27. Prohibition of broadcast media or distribution service operation:- The Authority shall by order in writing, giving reasons therefore, prohibit any broadcast media or distribution service operator from –
(a) broadcasting or re-broadcasting or distributing any programme or advertisement if it is of the opinion that such particular programme or advertisement is against the ideology of Pakistan or is likely to create hatred among the people or is prejudicial to the maintenance of law and order or is likely to disturb public peace and tranquility or endangers national security or is pornographic, obscene or vulgar or is offensive to the commonly accepted standards of decency;”
17. That it is submitted here with respect that the petitioners have pinned their hopes in this Honourable Court as there exist no other efficacious, adequate or alternate remedy available for the redresser of their grievances except to invoke the Extra Ordinary Constitutional Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court.



PRAYER

That Under the Circumstances, it is therefore most humbly prayed that the instant writ petition may very graciously be accepted in the interest of the principles of natural justice, fair play and equity.

That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No.1 to place a permanent ban on the circulation and display of obscene literature and advertisements through these websites and they may be permanently blocked or banned in Pakistan for airing, placing, visualizing such pornographic material through internet.

That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No. 2 to appear in this Honourable Court and to state the effective measures that has been initiated by it to curb the obscene display of material and placing a restriction on easy approach to porn sites in Pakistan.

That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No. 2 to draft a regulation which could monitor cyber porn traffic in the country as they have devised to control Telephony Traffic regulation under the name and title of “Monitoring and Reconciliation of Telephony Traffic Regulations, 2009”, As per the said regulation, all telecom service providers will install system at their own cost to make it possible for authority to monitor telephony traffic.

That it is further most humbly requested that a direction may further be issued to the Respondent No.3 to ensure placement of permanent ban on pornographic sites by placing a continuous check on the ISP’s working in Pakistan in consultation with the Respondent No.1 & 2 and submit an affirmative report in this Court accordingly.

That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No.2 to ensure effective measures to be adopted by the Internet Service Providers working in Pakistan under its Certificate in respect of placing a ban on such sites to be aired on internet in Pakistan.

That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No. 5 to assist this Honourable Court on this particular issue and to further make recommendation to the Government of Pakistan for the enactment of appropriate laws on the subject of pornography in Pakistan.


That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No.1 & 6 to establish a permanent authority, having legal status, which would monitor such objectionable activities across the world, so that Pornographic websites should be banned forever.

That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction be issued to the Respondent No.8 to get criminal cases registered under the appropriate provisions of Pakistan Penal Code and other relevant provisions of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against those who are operating this website in question in Pakistan and punishing them accordingly.

That it is further most humbly requested that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No. 7 to appear in this Honourable Court and to state those steps they have ensured to protect the order of public morality in Pakistan.
That it is further most humbly prayed that a direction may very graciously be issued to the Respondent No. 8 to appear in person before this Honourable Court and to state those extraneous considerations that apprehend them from initiating strict action against the delinquent TV Channels working in Pakistan under its control from airing obscene and vulgar material for viewership. It is further prayed that a direction may further be issued to the Respondents to ensure strict compliance of the provisions of Section 27 (a) of the PEMRA Act, 2007, as mentioned above.
That it is further most humbly prayed that any other relief that this Honourable Court deems just and proper may very graciously be extended in the favour of the petitioners under the peculiar circumstances of the instant matter.

Petitioner


Through

Fahad Ahmad Siddiqi

Advocate High Court
 
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