Class VI student in Pakistan sues President's office over plagiarism

A class VI student in Pakistan through his father, has sued officials at the President's House at the Islamabad High Court, accusing them of plagiarising and using his speech without his consent.

Class VI student in Pakistan sues President

A class VI student in Pakistan through his father, has sued officials at the President's House at the Islamabad High Court, accusing them of plagiarising and using his speech without his consent.

Muhammad Sabeel Haider who studies in Islamabad Model College for Boys, told Dawn that he was chosen to deliver a speech at the President's House in Islamabad on December 22.

The ceremony was recorded and is supposed to be aired on Pakistan Television on December 25, marking the 141st birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. However, when Sabeel arrived at the President’s House, he was informed he will no longer be delivering the speech.


He said in his petition that a tenth-grader delivered the speech he had written and prepared, alleging that his intellectual property was stolen. According to Sabeel’s lawyer, as per Section 3 of Intellectual Property and Copyrights Ordinance 1967, a literary piece that the person has produced themselves cannot be used by a third party without their consent.

Justice Aamer Farooq yesterday reserved the verdict on the maintainability of the young orator's petition, The Express Tribune reported.

He said he participated in daily rehearsals from December 14 onwards and sacrificed two papers (English and General Science) on December 15 and December 19, respectively, which were part of annual December Test examination.