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High Court Orders Restoration of Internet in Tribal Areas

The Islamabad High Court has ordered the restoration of internet services in Pakistan’s tribal areas, following a petition filed by local residents and digital rights activists.

The court directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ensure that internet connectivity is restored within two weeks, highlighting the importance of access to information and communication for socio-economic development.

Petitioners argued that the suspension of internet services had severely impacted education, healthcare, and economic activities in the region.

The PTA, however, cited security concerns as the reason for the suspension. Justice Athar Minallah, presiding over the case, stressed that while security is important, it should not come at the expense of fundamental rights.

The decision has been widely welcomed, particularly by civil society groups advocating for digital rights and access to information.

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