Islamabad: An IT expert has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan urging Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take a suo motu notice against illegal activities of Google and YouTube in Pakistan.
Properties worth million have been damaged after a video on YouTube, a Google’s subsidiary, was uploaded insulting Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).
It is urged in the petition that Google should pay compensation for the losses incurred in Pakistan due to the video and action for illegally using ‘Pakistan’ on its web portal without being registered in the country, Pakistan local English newspaper ‘The News’ reported.
The Google was earning six million dollars per year but did not pay a single rupee in taxes in Pakistan, the petitioner Dr. Kamil Tarar, an IT expert and research editor of TelecomPlus, said, adding that Google was not legally permitted to do business in Pakistan.
“Google is generating business annually without any financial benefit to FBR since years in the form of central leviable taxes and duties which are being evaded with impunity,” reads the application, according to the daily.
“It is worth mentioning that Google is operating in Pakistan without any lawful authority and due to this government has no check and balances in place.”
It said that by using the word ‘Pakistan’ in the title of its web portal (www.google.com.pk), Google is creating the impression that the portal is carrying out its operations with the approval of the government.
“It appears that, by using the word ‘Pakistan’ in the title of its web portal, Google has violated intellectual property rights,” said the petition.
The petitioner has made party to Google’s representative in Pakistan, Secretary Ministry of Information Technology, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, DG Intellectual Property Organization, Chairman FBR, Chairman Pemra, Chairman Board of Investment and Chairman Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the report said.