Pakistan blocks India Today website for putting army chief Raheel Sharif’s photo on its cover
Pakistan has blocked the website of India Today after the Indian magazine published the army chief’s picture on its cover. Pakistan has said, the magazine chose to put the picture in order to ‘humiliate’ General Raheel Sharif.
India Today reported that now if any one tries to get he portal in Pakistan they receive following message:
“The site you are trying to access contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan.”
Meanwhile Pakistan alleged that the decision was taken in the wake of putting ‘derogatory’ images of the Raheel Sharif, though Lahore High Court Chief Justice ruled that such a decision can be taken only by the Parliament.
Reacting to ban, he added that elected government representatives need to be approached to find a final solution.
All the attempts to reach the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), which banned the site, remained futile as as it was closed due to Eid holidays. Pakistani authorities have instructed the PTA to block the site, it is learnt now.
The decision was followed soon after the Lahore High Court (LHC) urged a a petitioner to seek the local government on the issue.
Earlier in September, the court had given its judgement to the federal government on the case against the Indian publication for carrying a a humiliating picture of General Raheel Sharif.
In his ruling Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah stated: “Decision to block any website is the job of parliament. The citizens should approach the elected government on such matters. He has disposed off the case soon.
Recently Pakistan has come with a blanket ban on Indian TV channels and DTH from operating from its soil. The new law introduced by its broadcasting authority put a cap on local broadcasters from airing Indian content.
It has banned Indian channels after receiving several complaints from citizens, said the officials about the ban.