Blasphemy: Arrest Mark Zuckerberg, Fleming Rose, says petitioner

Published: February 26, 2012

Judge orders DPO, IG Lahore to pursue case; says caricatures of prophet (pbuh) “deliberate and malicious act”.

FAISALABAD: A case for the arrest of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Cultural Editor of Danish Newspaper Fleming Rose, for allowing ‘blasphemous’ caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), was registered at the Kotwali Police Station in Jhang.

The case, FIR no 134/12, was registered after Advocate Muhammad Zahid Saeed, stirred by websites allegedly demeaning the Prophet (pbuh), filed a petition before the District Session Judge seeking a ban on websites including Facebook, YouTube, Google and others.

This is not the first time that a ban has been suggested or imposed on Facebook, YouTube and other sites in Pakistan. In September 2011, the Lahore High Court ordered the ministry of information technology to block access to all websites spreading religious hatred. The judge had, however, made it clear that no search engine, including Google, would be blocked.

Despite this assurance, a case was registered under Section 295-A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PCC) which deals with blasphemy.

Maintaining that the sentiments of the whole Muslim community were hurt, Saeed filed the petition under Section 22-A, 22-B of the Criminal Procedure of Code (CPC).

In his petition, Saeed said that on visiting some websites while on the internet, he and his companion found caricatures of the Prophet (pbuh) published which, he alleged, were “trying to create a war between Muslims and non-Muslims”.

He added that the caricatures were a form of “international terrorism and evil profession”.

Session Judge Arshad Masood responded to the petition by saying that the “deliberate and malicious act” of displaying derogatory caricatures is a “continuing offence” and a case must be registered in Pakistan and anywhere else in the world where the sentiments of Muslims were hurt.

Masood ordered the DPO Jhang and the Inspector General of Police, Lahore, to examine the matter in light of the petition and to pass an order if any cognizable offence was found to be made.

The Kotwali police, on receiving the court order, registered the case and assigned the task of investigation to Qaisar Younus.

Younus, while talking to The Express Tribune, said that after collecting the evidence and recording the statements of the petitioner and other witnesses, he would proceed for the arrest of the accused.

The petitioner had maintained that the proceedings against the accused should be served through the Danish Ambassador and US Ambassador in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (44)

  • Red
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:17PM

    Seriously? Do these people have nothing better to do?

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  • Talha
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:17PM

    How crazy are these people?

    Why do they want to the whole country to be ridiculed like this?

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  • Kashif Yaqub
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:27PM

    they can arrest Assiya Bibi only… Recommend

  • Feb 26, 2012 - 4:28PM

    Excellent. 4th Gen war has to be fought like this. Needless I tell that Mark Zuckerberg is an American Jew. Facebook was created by CIA n MOSSAD funding. But we have taken this battle on radiowave n internet. 40000 mujahids r ready on our fb fanpage. Great Khair is coming.

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  • Umer
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Let’s swap Mark Zuckerberg with those religious fanatics who are persecuting everyone in Pakistan.

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  • Umair
    Feb 26, 2012 - 4:34PM

    What`s the alternate to stop this hatred….I joined youtube
    for friendship and Interfaith Harmony but all i could get
    was abusive,insulted comments..Argue doesn`t matter there..
    They simply hate you and expect you to find some other planet
    to live….Recommend

  • Mirza
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:09PM

    Only in Pakistan the courts would accept such stupid cases for hearing. They have no time for real people’s real cases rotting for decades and crying for justice.

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  • blaaah
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Only if they worked with the same dedication on other things….

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  • Sarah
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:42PM

    Pakistan is a funny nation. It’s the only muslim country on the planet that went to the extent of banning facebook once, no other muslim country did that. The best muslims in the world reside here. The same muslims, who lie, envy bribe, cheat, spread intolerance and hatred, backbite, disrespect, slander, despise and violate all the teachings of the Holy Prophet and not consider this disobeying him as a disrespect towards him. But when some xyz residing in some other part of the planet, who does not even uphold the faith instigate us by some crass act, we get up vehemently, brandishing the flag of faith, declaring him a blasphemer, filing cases against him, burning tyres on our roads, damaging our own infrastructure and telling the world what great muslims we are. I tell you what, a non-believer is not a blasphemer, we, the upholders of the faith, disobey our Prophet at every level of life, we are the hypocrites, we are the blasphemers.

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  • Umer
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:44PM

    @Umair:

    What`s the alternate to stop this
    hatred

    Get rid of the blasphemy law and stop persecuting people for a starter. People don’t like it when you try to kill them for their faith.

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  • obscursntist
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:48PM

    i’m startled :P

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  • M Ali Khan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @Umair:
    youtube should be the LAST PLACE for anyone to have a “debate”. internet anonymity allows every bigoted mindset found in teenage brains to come out. It also affects Pakistani kids who want to speak all sorts of vermin against Hindus, India, Jews, etc and yell Allahu Akbar in the same breath.

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  • Mj
    Feb 26, 2012 - 6:04PM

    @Umair:
    Have you seen how Muslim youngsters (majority of which I suspect are South Asians) behave on youtube? Name calling, extremely abusive language, and death threats are thrown around as if they’re a mandatory part of debate.

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  • yaz
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Sarah:

    That just about sums it up.

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  • Gary Rumain
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:28PM

    The sooner Mark Zuckerberg blocks Pakistan access to Facebook permanently, the happier I’ll be.Recommend

  • paki
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:37PM

    @sarah
    believe me,,, u rocked with this post

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  • Feb 26, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @Talha:
    “How crazy are these people?”
    And they think, they are holding the rope very tightly. Hold the rope and be dragged over the bridge. Salvation is waiting.

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Feb 26, 2012 - 7:45PM

    There are a thousand cases pending in Pak courts. Now I know why. The lawyers instead of fighting for justice are fighting a fools war.

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  • Iqbal
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Seriously, these people have too much time on their hands

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  • ahmed
    Feb 26, 2012 - 9:28PM

    @Sarah: Brilliant !!!

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  • Factsnotfairies
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Okay, lets go over this again; if you can rattle around the internet calling all and sundry a Zionist, CIA controlled, blaspheming Jew, they can rattle around the internet calling you whatever they like also. This is how freedom of speech works. It does not mean that you get to ban everything you disagree with. We who understand politics and government call that fascism.

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  • Dont offend me
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:38PM

    We should adopt the motto – Don’t offend me with your religion and I won’t offend you with my intelligence

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  • T R Khan
    Feb 26, 2012 - 10:51PM

    “In his petition, Saeed said that on visiting some websites while on the internet, he and his companion……”
    The petitioner deliberately, voluntarily, in his proper senses and knowingly clicked to reach such offensive pages. A FIR should be registered against the petitioner for such a wanton offensive act.

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  • saleem
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:18AM

    I am sure the editor wanted some humor in the newspaper…..lolRecommend

  • Lauren
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:09AM

    Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. So, you’d think that Facebook would be the last social networking site that muslims would use. muslims claim to hate Jews, but they seem to have no problem with using Jewish inventions. There was once a “boycott Facebook for draw muhammed day” Facebook page. A muslim made a Facebook page to tell people to boycott Facebook. How funny is that?

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  • Ramanujam
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:23AM

    When a dozen cartoons were released.these bigots acted like crazy calling for the cartoonist’s head .Now,the anti-muslims in retalliation have published more than 100 cartoons over the internet..Now how can the islamist bigots behead them owing to the fact that the internet offers anonymity.
    They killed a Dutch filmmaker over the content of a film against muslim women rather than openly challenging him,whereas Pope allowed Da Vinci Code to be released even though it breaks the entire foundations of Christianity
    When someone speaks otherwise,he’s labelled as a Jew Lobby,RAW agent,CIA payroll….. see whether you have earned the right to be treated as equalRecommend

  • Ramanujam
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:26AM

    Just take any random video from India,It can be anything..even a movie song like Kolaveri Di…
    You can see hundreds of comments from pakistanis with totally disrespectful comments against Hindus and Indians….But when a Christian woman compare Jesus with Mohammed,she is accused of blasphemy and anyone supporting her is murdered…..

    Why dont you guys started searching for tolerance in Quran or is it not written in that book???

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  • Straight Fire
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:46AM

    The real motive of this practice is to ban ‘Facebook’, which is a good idea … the petitioner is only using ‘Blasphemy’ as a base.

    There is not a single benefit ‘Facebook’ has given to the nation … ban it

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  • Kamran
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:03AM

    All those who bracket themselves as champions of ‘Freedom’ seriously need to re-consider their options before US being finally kicked out of Afghanistan …

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  • Dragonwind
    Feb 27, 2012 - 5:53AM

    If they were offended, they can choose not to visit the websites. I am offended by the RADICAL segment of the Muslim population, and I choose not to visit their websites.

    It’s very simple logic.

    ~DWS

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  • gp65
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:35AM

    @Umair: “What`s the alternate to stop this hatred….I joined youtube for friendship and Interfaith Harmony”

    Ok facebook is the place to contact your pre-existing friends – not a place to make ‘new’ friends. You-tube is a place where you can watch, shows, music, programs from all over the world and even share programs of your own family members via uploading. It has nothing to do with making friends. And neither of these websites are places for interfaith harmony.

    If you use these applications for the purposes intended, you will not suffer any hatred.

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  • lota6177
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:16AM

    About time we whip the Indus River with 30 lashes for bringing flood every year.

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  • Danny
    Feb 27, 2012 - 9:01AM

    Yet another stunt by the @ssbackwards Pakistan. Things like this should fully explain and leave no doubt in anyone’s mind why more and more people are hating islam.Recommend

  • Feb 27, 2012 - 1:17PM

    Salam, As alternative for facebook Halalsurf.com is the answer.

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  • Khalifa
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:52PM

    @zaid hamid: Why are you on this website instead of reading the Qur’an? Shouldn’t you be praying instead of talking? Shouldn’t you be running charities for the poor? You just make Pakistan look bad and you are not very pious like you think you are. If people like you put half of your anger/fervor into actually building this country Pakistan would be rich.

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  • Mahesh Patil
    Feb 27, 2012 - 2:35PM

    You are wasting tax payers money pursuing such meaning less cases.Some time I wonder whether Judges in Pakistan from Supreme court to lower have any real work to do.

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  • zehra
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:48PM

    oh god this is so sad it is not even funny anymore!!! what nonsense is this, zia ul haq played the religous sentiments ,made it good ofr self and died leaving us a poisonous legacy!!

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  • Feb 27, 2012 - 3:57PM

    FB has double the users than the population of Pakistan. Pakistan cannot block him but he can block Pakistan!!!

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  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:15PM

    There should be a law against stupidity.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:16PM

    No one forces you to use the internet — if you intent on avoiding free speech and free expression stay home or start a club called “knuckledragger’s for a better Pakistan”. You have no right to enforce your religion or beliefs on others.

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  • QASIM
    Feb 27, 2012 - 11:27PM

    it,s nonsense in its purity,the wise answer was to give no importence to a stupid person.when muslims will learn this.?

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  • Wade
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:48AM

    I am so happy that people are finally getting a glimpse of true Islam. Alternative media keeps us informed of enemy advancements. Mainstream media hides those advance to their own peril.

    Obama will apologise and everything will be okay. You’ll see! ………….not.

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  • Peter Jensen
    Feb 28, 2012 - 3:40PM

    I think the infidels to islam should stop all access for pakistanis to all infidel webpages such as Youtube, Google, Facebook, Hotmail, Gmail and so on.
    Let the pakistanis make their own halal internet and see how much fun they have looking on one islamic brainwashed site after another.
    We infidels to islam have given up on mulims. muslims and islam are so full of hate and your lust of killing infidels is just amazing. We dont want to know of you anymore, you are the scum of the earth and a danger to 5.5 billion infidels on the planet earth !
    Lets have the clashes of civilizations which islam and muslim seem to long so badly for.

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  • Intelektual
    Mar 5, 2012 - 9:49AM

    @zaid hamid:
    Can you please notice the irony in the same sentence you call FB a facade you mention “Our FB fanpage”.

    Also I didnt knw Zukerburg lies within the Faisabad Jurisdiction, or for that matter Pakistani or in the wider sense that of Islams’ …!

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