IHC orders mechanism to curb blasphemy

Zahid Chaudhary


Islamabad High Court has directed the Ministries of Interior and Information Technology and other quarters concerned to identify and act against the websites involved in uploading of blasphemous content on the internet.
In his short order, the single bench of the court, headed by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, the court also directed Federal Investigation Agency to look into the matter on merit.
The court directed to bring five bloggers to justice for uploading blasphemous content on the social media. Secretary Interior will take action according to the law against those who are involved in the heinous crime, directed court.
The court also directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to evolve a clear mechanism for the removal of controversial content on the social media.
PTA was asked to launch an awareness campaign about legal punishments for uploading blasphemous and immoral content on the internet.
Interior Secretary earlier in an hearing told the court that at least three suspects have been arrested in connection with the case until now.
The judge asked State Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman to explain why the matter has not been resolved yet. Whereas, Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that it’s a big achievement that Facebook has removed disrespectful content from their website on their appeal.

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