LHC asked to order Facebook owners’ arrest

Published: July 10, 2010

Petitioner's many requests include unsealing of FIR and firewalls like China.

An application has been filed before the Lahore High Court (LHC) requesting the unsealing of the FIR registered against owners of Facebook and their subsequent arrests with the help of Interpol.

The applicant, Advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique, prayed to the court to issue directions to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to stop access to the “blasphemous material available on the Internet in the country”.

In his civil miscellaneous application filed in a main petition seeking ban on Facebook – for hosting a competition of blasphemous caricatures – Siddique submitted that though an FIR, under Section 295-C of PPC, had been registered on June 11, 2010 against those responsible, the authorities have sealed it and no action was taken.

He said he wrote a letter to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) requesting him to unseal the FIR but it wasn’t done.

He requested the court to issue directions to the IGP to unseal the FIR and supply a copy to the petitioner. He added that directions also should be issued for the arrest of all the nominated accused.

Siddique further requested that the Government of Pakistan be directed, by the court, to approach the United Nations for implementation of Article 20(2) of the UN Covenant on Civil Political Rights under which racial, religious hatred and material to incite discrimination and hostility is prohibited.

He also requested the court to issue directions to PTA and the Ministry of Information Technology and all concerned authorities to introduce firewalls to block websites with “objectionable, offensive, insulting, nasty, disgusting, odious, hateful, abusive, obnoxious, sadistic and blasphemous material” by taking help from China.

He submitted that although the Ministry of Information Technology, on the orders of the court, had blocked approximately 10,548 websites for hosting objectionable links, no action was taken against the link operators.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 10th, 2010.

Reader Comments (18)

  • Jul 10, 2010 - 4:37AM

    What? Really? Recommend

  • Jul 10, 2010 - 5:07AM

    this stupid lawyer should be sent behind bars or in the mental hospital. Why is he making mockery of Islam and Pakistan in the whole world. Recommend

  • Jul 10, 2010 - 7:31AM

    Kyaa baat haé!Recommend

  • Ali Haider
    Jul 10, 2010 - 10:55AM

    I second Shehzad. Recommend

  • Raza (San Francisco)
    Jul 10, 2010 - 11:18AM

    Mark Zuckerberg is one the 2010 inductees to The California Museum’s California Hall of Fame. Do you really think they are going to put this incredible twenty something kid (who btw, is one of the youngest self-made billionaire CEOs in the world) behind bars? These lawyers are living in their own little bubble and look at everything from an archaic stand point. That’s one of the reasons we are now the 10th failed state in the world. Grow up and smell the coffee. Don’t push yourself w/ all of us back to the stone ages.Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Jul 10, 2010 - 12:35PM

    Somebody should file a petition against this stupid lawyer. What mentality would require one to burn libraries because of the chance of having something blasphemous in one of the books? Maybe also arrest the librarians. This is exactly the same. Islam was neither spread nor enforced at swords point by our Prophet or his Khulafa… Why has it become such a hostile religion now?Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Jul 10, 2010 - 1:11PM

    Book burning has been going throughout the ages, it is not something new.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jul 11, 2010 - 8:13PM

    i want to file a petition to stop LHC from making a mockery of Islam and Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pakistani Aloo
    Jul 12, 2010 - 12:27AM

    Oh my God why are people in this country so stupid…Recommend

  • Syed Kashif Hassnain Rizvi
    Jul 12, 2010 - 4:05AM

    Yea nothing will happened from it,, try to make casses on pakistani politicions who have fake degrees n rulling our Pakistan, first chk our own corrupt ppl…
    In the history of islam there were many casses like this that ppl through garbadge on PROPHET MUHAMMAD S.A.W.W. but PROPHET SAWW never fought with them but with peace HE spread ISLAM in the whole world.Recommend

  • Syed Tahsin Chishty
    Jul 12, 2010 - 11:06AM

    if banning of everything against Islam & Pakistan is the only solution then why dont they first ban the Indian channels? We are loosing our Pakistani identity, our language and our culture. Even these days some of our politicians are using hindi words on live tv channels. We should form a group of youngsters who belong to IT industry and should be fully aware of Islamic studies as well to defend and take actions against such activites happening on internet. We strongly condemn such things but banning of everything is not the final solution.Recommend

  • Abhigyan
    Jul 12, 2010 - 5:03PM

    What I don’t understand is how anyone is allowed to make a mockery of justice system. The lawyer is looking for is two moments under the sun for cheap publicity. As a lawyer he is or should be well aware that Pak Court or Govt does not have the authority to pass and implement such an order. All this lawyer is done is waste the time of honurable LHC just to get some cheap publicity.Recommend

  • Jul 15, 2010 - 12:41AM

    I am heartened by the comments from my fellow Pakistanis for seeing how stupid this lawyer, similar petitioners, and even some in the judiciary are acting.

    It is hilarious to try to ask PTA or any body to find every single page of information SOMEONE will find “blasphemous”. Even more telling of the stupidity of the petitioner is his obvious lack of understanding of the word “owner” for companies funded by corporations, investors, individuals, and in other cases, millions of stockowners.

    It is sad that there is no opportunity to show stupidity and intolerance that some Pakistanis and Muslims will miss. Thankfully, the moderate, educated, especially dynamic youth of the nation is beginning to stand up against these foolish media-attention seekers like this petitioner.

    Imran
    IMRAN.PKRecommend

  • Hassan
    Jul 16, 2010 - 1:53AM

    He is trying to show he is a better muslim than all the others
    (whice co-incidentally Pakistanis have a major role in, being the God given rightful defnders of islam..unlike the Arabs,Iranians,Malaysians, Western muslims etc who have never been decreed such a mission) What he dosen’t realise is the fact that the same facebook also hosts many groups who celebrate Islam and The blessed Prophet (SAW)Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Jul 16, 2010 - 12:52PM

    Yes we are better Muslims. We hold a responsibility towards defending Islam and upholding its image in the whole world. We are the land of the pure.

    I firmly believe the sort of fear mongering and restrictions in our society that we have is what leads directly towards inculcating and nurturing the perversions that have been shown in the above mentioned link. And before someone says this is propaganda, go get the numbers, and calculate them for yourself. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jul 19, 2010 - 9:30PM

    Murtaza your quote @
    “Yes we are better Muslims. We hold a responsibility towards defending Islam and upholding its image in the whole world. We are the land of the pure”

    Unfortunately we only see some extremely rabid mullahs who are mainly self serving and are only interested in lining there own pockets preaching to the ignorant masses who are duped into beliving some of there rubbish. Example a well know mullah leader in Pakistan who often berates America and the west, yet sends both of his sons to U.S.A to receive education is he upholding the image of Islam or hypocrisy?
    And sorry just because the words Pure are used in Pakistan, i see very little of that in Pakistan ” Nijasat” yes Purity no.Recommend

  • Murtaza
    Jul 20, 2010 - 1:33AM

    I actually had a link after the first paragraph. It was supposed to be somewhat sarcastic. The link showed something that the moderators didn’t want you/us to see. Nothing indecent or untoward, just a news story about how web traffic patterns show Pakistan is no. 1 in searching for porn. So you see, yes nijasat maybe, Pure? not very much. Just look at the news stories about kids being forced to get married, brothers killing sisters, sisters killing brothers, everything is so messed up its amazing how this society is going on at all.

    By the way I’m surprised at how my comment was censored and its meaning completely changed. That is why the first and second paragraphs seem to be at odds with each other.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jul 20, 2010 - 6:45PM

    My apologies Murtaza for not reading into the gist of your post and Viva free speech ;-)Recommend

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