In a recent development, the Sindh High Court has directed the Interior Ministry to retract its closure notice aimed at X, the popular social media platform, also known as Twitter.

During Wednesday’s proceedings on the closure case of X, the court stressed the importance for the Interior Ministry to withdraw its letter within a week. It cautioned that failure to comply would prompt the court to intervene with its ruling.

As per the court’s orders, the Interior Ministry has until May 9 to provide justifications for the closure of X.

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Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has heard a petition challenging the shutdown of X. The Interior Ministry has opposed this petition with a report to the IHC, asserting that the petitioner’s rights have not been violated.

In its report, the ministry argues for the need to ban X in Pakistan, citing non-compliance with government orders regarding misuse of the platform. The report claims that X has been unresponsive to requests from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to ban accounts that propagate against the chief justice. This lack of cooperation, according to the ministry, warrants regulatory action against the platform, potentially including temporary closure. Notably, X is registered in Pakistan but has not agreed to adhere to Pakistani laws.

Given these circumstances, the government feels compelled to implement a temporary shutdown of X, according to the ministry.

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