The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday requested Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) Mansoor Awan to offer an explanation for whether the regulation permits “any authority or corporation” to surveil citizens’ cellphone calls.

Yesterday, the excessive court exceeded the directives even as hearing a petition of Najam Saqib – son of former leader justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar – in opposition to a National Assembly unique committee tasked with probing his purported audio leaks.

In the audio leaks, Najam may want to allegedly be heard telling a politician, Abuzar Chadar, that his father, Nisar, had “labored honestly difficult” to get Chadar a price tag for the PTI. In the second one audio, Najam allegedly tells one Mian Aziz how a good deal money he predicted in go back for the party price ticket.

The former CJP’s son had later approached the IHC contending that the alleged audios constitute a breach of his privateness and his illegal surveillance. He asked the court docket to declare that recording a private individual’s personal conversation is a contravention of primary human rights.The court docket suspended the special committee’s notification asking Najam to appear earlier than it.

However, the IHC said it changed into showing judicial restraint and did now not suspend the notification of the formation of the committee.

In a seven-web page written order issued nowadays, IHC’s Justice Babar Sattar raised multiple questions concerning the tapping of personal telephone calls and legal guidelines surrounding the surveillance of residents.

“To the volume that recording of smartphone calls is authorized, which public authority or company is accredited to do so, how is the right of a citizen to liberty and privacy balanced towards the hobby of the nation in recording cellphone calls or project surveillance and which business enterprise is vested with legal authority to adopt such balancing exercise?” the orders puzzled.

Justice Sattar additionally raised vital questions on laws regarding the tracking and mystery recording of citizen’s smartphone calls, asking whether or not the Constitution authorised it and “in that case, what’s the supervisory and regulatory legal regime inside which such recording and surveillance can take area?”

“Which authority or enterprise can file the audio and underneath which mechanism?” he inquired, “What safeguards are in area to preserve audio recordings exclusive and prevent misuse?”Furthermore, the excessive court questioned that if the regulation does now not permit such surveillance, then “which authority is liable for violation of residents’ privacy?”.

The IHC has also sought a proof from the involved authorities approximately “who need to be held liable for liberating the illegally recorded calls?”

“Can the parliament open an inquiry into a private person’s commercial enterprise? Do the regulations permit the Speaker to set up a special committee on leaks of private individuals’ conversations?” it introduced.

Notably, the court has directed the federal government, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Ministry of Defense and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to be made parties to the case.

The court has issued a word to all of the parties including the National Assembly secretary and directed them to put up their para-wise remarks on the petition.

Additionally, Aitzaz Ahsan, Makhdoom Ali Khan, Mian Raza Rabbani and Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha has been nominated to help the courtroom on the problem.