A day after blocking India Today’s website in the country, Pakistan unblocked it following outrage in the media. According to India Today, the website of the publication has been unblocked following the Lahore High Court stating that it will not block the website as per Pakistan’s laws.
Late on September 14, reports surfaced that India Today had been blocked in the country after they published this image on their cover.
The image shows Pakistani army chief General Raheel Sharif with the mark of a hand on his cheek indicating a slap. A petition was filed by one Abdul Hameed requesting the blocking of the website in Pakistan. But the Lahore High Court had disposed of the petition stating that any such decision lies with the Parliament.
It is not clear which authority in Pakistan blocked the website despite the court order.
India Today Group Editorial Director Raj Chengappa said
that the lifting of the ban is a good news and shows that good sense has prevailed. “India Today is a publication for 40 years now. We have written the toughest pieces on Pakistan, including when president Musharraf, chief of the army staff, was in power. We called him America’s General. We had a series of negative cover against Musharraf. He didn’t ban any of our issues. In fact, I went and interviewed him after that,” Chengappa said.