PTA directed to act against promotional calls messages
PTA directed to act against promotional calls messages.LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday ordered the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to take action against complaints filed against SMS and unwarranted promotional calls.
Judge Shahid Jamil Khan listened to a petition from a citizen who questioned widespread texting and calls from several companies to promote their businesses.
The PTA’s communications director, Muhammad Shafique, appeared in court, but was unable to respond satisfactorily to the judge’s questions. The judge pointed out that mobile phone users often complain about receiving promotional SMS messages from water tank cleaning service providers on a daily basis.
The PTA official stated that there is no mechanism to control these text messages.
However, the judge noted that the PTA could take action against the number of mobile phones used to send SMS and unnecessary promotional calls.
The petitioner’s lawyer argued that mobile phone users were at great risk due to SMS and unwarranted calls. He said that the PTA, which is a regulatory body, should be obliged to ban such promotional activities on mobile phones.
Judge Khan suspended the hearing until 19 July and insinuated that the President of the PTA should be summoned if no action was taken on the complaints.