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Ahmer Jamil Khan v. Federation of Pakistan

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Ahmer Jamil Khan and others v Federation of Pakistan and others
CourtSindh High Court
Court membership
Judges sittingIrfan Saadat Khan J, Zafar Ahmed Rajput J
  • Judicial Review, Internet Freedom and Censorship

Ahmer Jamil Khan and others v. Federation of Pakistan and others, (D1258/2014) commonly known as the YouTube case is a 2014 Sindh High Court case regarding Internet freedom and censorship in Pakistan. The case was filed by 24 petitioners, and argued in court by Ahmer Jamil Khan and Saadullah Awan as litigants in person. In this case, the petitioners challenged internet filtering and censorship by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, especially regarding YouTube.[1][2]


The petition was filed on March 12, 2014 in the Sindh High Court under the court's constitutional jurisdiction, as a challenge to the legality and constitutionality of the Internet censorship in Pakistan.

At the first hearing on March 20, 2014, Justice Mr. Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Mr. Zafar Ahmed Rajput of Sindh High court issued notices to the Federal Government and PTA to appear before the court and submit a reply on April 16 2014.

On the second hearing on April 16, 2014, the Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan Mr. Aslam Butt sought time to file the reply, and the court ordered the petitioners to submit a list of all the censored websites.[3]


YouTube was banned in Pakistan, amid rioting and protests in September 2012 after the appearance of a low-budget film called Innocence of Muslims on YouTube. The ban persists. The constitutional challenges argues that the blanket ban on YouTube and all other websites in Pakistan is unconstitutional as it violates the right to freedom of expression and speech guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan.[4]

See also[edit]

  • Bytes for All v. Federation of Pakistan
  • Sindh High Court
  • Internet censorship in Pakistan


  1. "SHC seeks PTA comment on YouTube ban". DAWN. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. "Reply sought from Government over censorship of YouTube and other websites". Jang. 17 April 2014. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  3. "Students and Teachers file petition against YouTube ban". Abb Tak. April 16, 2014. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  4. David, Robin (July 13, 2013). "Surf war". Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2013.

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