‘Blasphemous content’: Police register FIR against Facebook

Published: May 22, 2012

Application was submitted by the Namoos-e-Risalat Lawyers Forum. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

A day after the authorities briefly banned access to microblogging website Twitter due to ‘blasphemous’ material, the city capital police on the orders of a city court on Monday registered a case against social networking giant Facebook.

Margalla police station registered a First Information Report (FIR) against Facebook and three other websites under sections 295-A and 298-A of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on the directions of Additional Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti. The application had been submitted by the Namoos-e-Risalat Lawyers Forum (NRLF).

One of the complainants, Advocate Rao Abdur Rahim, told The Express Tribune that they had been informed in July 2011 that Facebook and a few other websites had been posting ‘blasphemous’ posts on their websites and the material was being uploaded from inside Pakistan.

“Concerned government officials, Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) and police were requested to take action but they did not pay attention, therefore, Islamabad District Bar on July 27, 2011 filed a complaint for the registration of an FIR but no action was taken” said Rao.

The Namoos-e-Risalat Lawyers Forum then filed an application in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti seeking directions to the police to register an FIR.

“We gave three applications: one against Payam TV for telecasting a movie ‘Yousaf’, one against Facebook and three other websites and one against the US embassy in Islamabad for organising a gathering of gays and lesbians,” the petitioner said.

Accepting two applications, Judge Kamran Mufti directed Margalla police to register an FIR against Payam TV and Facebook, however the court turned down the application against the US embassy.

“We will approach the high court for registration of an FIR against the US embassy,” said Rao.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2012.

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Reader Comments (59)

  • Ali q
    May 22, 2012 - 9:46AM

    These guys need to put their FACE iin a BOOK and learn how the Internet works.

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  • hasnain haider
    May 22, 2012 - 9:58AM

    As if it is gonna do anything better but at least some has the courage and commitment to do so.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    May 22, 2012 - 10:04AM

    To stop such these types of derogatory and blasphemous contents from sharing/publishing on Facebook and Twitter against the Islam and the sacred personalities of Islam especially Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) in the future permanently one group/nation/country can’t do any thing because this is the collective duty/effort or in other words team work with the help the whole Islamic world’s leaders this Western’s and advanced countries’ nations favorite attitude in the competition form can be controlled/eliminated and unfortunately the shameless and eunuchs Arab leaders are seeing all this like the silent spectators as has been nothing happening before them in the world against the Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad’s (SAW) honor,grace,respect and dignity.

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  • RRS
    May 22, 2012 - 10:06AM

    The next step is to register an First Information Report on the Internet as all the facebook traffic is carried through the Internet back bone.

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  • sars
    May 22, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Cant you come up with better ways to spend your time, like trying to reduce the backlog in courts due to ineffeciency

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  • DevilHunterX
    May 22, 2012 - 10:26AM

    It’s great to see that all issues (e.g. corruption load shedding, unemployment, etc) have been resolved and now we are going after pointless issues.

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  • May 22, 2012 - 10:51AM

    When will this madness of banning social networking sites stop??

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  • Omar
    May 22, 2012 - 11:39AM

    One thing bothers me. Its the us vs them attitude. People calling this FIR lodging a joke and the people who think its not should make efforts to talk about why they think they are right rather than just start judging and labeling each other.

    This polarity needs to be taken head on. I wish for the media to play its role. Please.

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  • IZ
    May 22, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Next they should register an FIR against all schools since the people writing blasphemous things obviously were educated in schools and so all schools MUST be burned to the ground. Also, electricity should be banned because

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  • Anyone
    May 22, 2012 - 11:56AM

    I spend more time on Facebook than sleeping and I have never seen such content.

    The real question was what were the lawyers doing and searching for? Who (muslims) in their right mind would search for such stuff?

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  • Sarah
    May 22, 2012 - 12:02PM

    @Ahmer Ali: All of you out there trying to ‘protect’ the prophet’s honor need to realize that he really doesnt need you. His God will protect his honor for him as is mentioned in the book. Why’re you trying to act God?

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  • Mj
    May 22, 2012 - 12:07PM

    @Ahmer Ali:
    Respect is not earned by intimidation or threats of violence. If you want others to respect your holy personalities, then adapt their positive traits and act like a model citizen. As far as I know, no one attempts to malign Buddha, Buddhists, and Buddhism.

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  • May 22, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Our lawyers and such great men, I mean vigilantism is just not the appropriate word to describe the levels of greatness these men have achieved. Judicial activisum is another term that is often used but truly it is only an insult to their achievements, they are vultures, they are doing exactly the same “word of mouth” miracle as the presence of Taliban in Pakistan does to our international image. If they succeed in getting Facebook banned again, well that will only be another step to achieving the greater goal of becoming the “Judicial Taliban”.

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  • Muhammad
    May 22, 2012 - 12:17PM

    making of a dumb state

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  • Good Seth
    May 22, 2012 - 12:22PM

    I think its time we held the government and police responsible for these incompetent banning decisions which do nothing but waste time. Heads should roll and resignations should be demanded!

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  • Zamir Malik
    May 22, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Pakistan is now a laughing stock for the whole world right now…:(

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  • Ali Zain Kara
    May 22, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Can’t we register an FIR against the internet? I think it would be so much more effective. And while we’re at it, why not register one against Bill Gates for all the Windows system and against the grave of Steve Jobs for creating the Mac? After all, its their inventions that make it possible for us to access this content! sarcasm intended for those dimwits who don’t get it

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    May 22, 2012 - 12:49PM

    If you don’t like contents, block the sender or don’t visit such site, as simple as that. These lawyers are jobless stupids.

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  • Uza Syed
    May 22, 2012 - 12:58PM

    A joke that is not even funny!

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  • Uza Syed
    May 22, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Why not just declare war against the country where these ‘blasphemers’ are based anything less than this madness would just not satisfy some of these “stupids” who are perhaps not jobless and have more than their share of the goodies.

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  • Omer
    May 22, 2012 - 1:38PM

    Do something productive please!

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  • Imran Con
    May 22, 2012 - 1:44PM

    This is getting so sad I can’t even laugh at it anymore.

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  • May 22, 2012 - 1:45PM

    Pathetic !

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  • Jokey
    May 22, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Next Thing, CJ would be sending notice to Zuckerberg- What a Joke!

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  • someone
    May 22, 2012 - 1:48PM

    @Sarah
    Of Course Allah (swt) protects Prophet (saw), but Allah wants to test us to see who among us will stand up for the holy prophet (saw). Remember Allah and Allah’s Messenger (saw) do not need us. It is we who need Allah and the holy Prophet (saw).

    @mj
    No one maligns buddhism because no one cares about buddhism, it does not have the ability to shake the foundations of the western empire. But Islam being the divine religion from the One true God shows the westerners how inferior their empire and system is as compared to Islam, so out of jealousy and inward acceptance that Islam is superior and divine, they then do such acts (similar to what the kuffar e Makkah and the Jews of Madina did 1450 years ago)

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  • Malatesh
    May 22, 2012 - 2:05PM

    @someone,

    @Sarah Of Course Allah (swt) protects
    Prophet (saw), but Allah wants to test
    us to see who among us will stand up
    for the holy prophet (saw).

    God is creator of nature why should he waste his time for testing you people?

    @mj No one maligns buddhism because no
    one cares about buddhism, it does not
    have the ability to shake the
    foundations of the western empire

    So, did you shake the foundations of the west?

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  • Akbar
    May 22, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Are we living in the dark ages or what?

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  • T Khan
    May 22, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Hahahahaha!!!

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick
    May 22, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Allah Almighty surely has other problems. He is not bothered what you do and how you do it. These lawyers should really spend their time in trying to reduce the evils of our society e.g. child abuse, kidnapping, acid throwing etc etc. Man you gotta be kidding wasting time on such trivial matters.

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  • Ravish
    May 22, 2012 - 2:47PM

    @ someone

    Cool story bro.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    May 22, 2012 - 3:22PM

    @RRS:

    The next step is to register an First
    Information Report on the Internet as
    all the facebook traffic is carried
    through the Internet back bone.

    Imagine the irony if the notices would be emailed to the ISP!!

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  • Mj
    May 22, 2012 - 3:58PM

    @someone:
    Everyone says that their own religion is the one true divine religion from the true god or gods. Your statement is no different.

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  • Ali Hassan
    May 22, 2012 - 4:05PM

    @someone, Thumbsup

    All those who are making a joke of the FIR will be in loss.

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  • Iron hand
    May 22, 2012 - 4:35PM

    @someone: Maybe no one maligns Buddhism because Buddhists aren’t routinely killing people in the name of their religion.

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  • mehreen hasan
    May 22, 2012 - 4:45PM

    what……….dont these guys have anything better to do…….?????

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  • Nisar
    May 22, 2012 - 4:48PM

    And why a case against Payam TV?
    For showing Yousaf? I have watched “Yousaf” and I must say it is one of the most historically accurate movies I have ever seen.

    And what drives these Namoos laywers to search blasphemous stuff on facebook?
    Do they want ke unn zauk i justuju ko appreciate kiya jaye??

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  • Much Amused
    May 22, 2012 - 5:12PM

    More bigotry. More agitation. All wrong steps. Exactly the result desired by the authors. lol.

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  • HollyCow
    May 22, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @Ahmer Ali:

    You, sir, are a poster child of why Pakistan is a laughingstock of the world. Try and mind your own business. If there’s something that YOU find offensive on FB DON’T READ IT. I may find the same material funny and/or interesting. Your dislike of that material shouldn’t deprive me of the right to see it. Simple concept. Can you grasp it?

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  • zehra
    May 22, 2012 - 5:32PM

    ridicilous!! i really odnt understsand this!! this is just so stuoid, if it was not odne in thel ife of Holy prophet SAW then it really dsont carry any significance!! not all countries islamic follw this so that menas not even in quran! police and judicary shd start to od justice to tier role rather than getting invloved in issues that will not have any impact!!

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  • Babbarsher khan
    May 22, 2012 - 5:54PM

    Looks like qayamat is not far away, Israel, India and Facebook are conspiring to destroy very pious republic of ours!

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  • Bilal Ahmad
    May 22, 2012 - 5:54PM

    What i don’t get is y this ridicules blasphemy law is applied when someone does something….i mean our minorities like hindus and chirtians do not beleive in Hazoor (SAW) and hence they are guilty of blasphemy under this law…..,Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    May 22, 2012 - 6:20PM

    I didn’t even know there was a page dedicated in Facebook to making these cartoons until I saw the big hue and cry in the Pakistani media. Go figure !

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  • Bilal Ahmad
    May 22, 2012 - 6:37PM

    Man this is awsome…general public needs BIG references to register fir’s….and they register n fir of a website jiska ye kuch patt bhi nai skte…aur even if they block it…proxies take it on from there….i love this country

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  • What?!
    May 22, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @Ahmer Ali:

    So what is the police going to do, ban facebook? or arrest zackengerg? oh yeah, lets shut down the US embassy for ‘obscene behaviour’!! people in this country need to grow up and learn to gel in with the world community while retaining their religious and cultural identities rather than be tagged as pariahs in the global community.

    Lawyers are another bane for this country. unleashed for selfish purposes by the ousted CJP, they are a loose mob now looking for a movement and self importance.Recommend

  • Concerned
    May 22, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Pak lawyers had already tarnished their reputation by supporting a murderer and their graph is further going down with these mindless antics.

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  • The 21st Century
    May 22, 2012 - 10:24PM

    @someone

    “Allah wants to test us to see who among us will stand up for the holy prophet (saw)”.

    Don’t be ridiculous. Not everything in life is a test from Allah.

    “Islam being the divine religion from the One true God shows the westerners how inferior their empire and system is as compared to Islam, so out of jealousy and inward acceptance that Islam is superior and divine, they then do such acts …”

    Trust me, we in the west are not one bit jealous. Moreover, our phenomenal progress in the last two centuries was inextricably linked to the freedom to criticize all ideas–including those of the Abrahamic faiths such as Christianity and Islam. The more a society restricts the free exchange of ideas, the further it will be left behind.

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  • Thank You
    May 22, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Look at the positive people…
    The constable/investigating team will get to experience Time Travel into the future, from their present Stone Age…
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  • 1984
    May 22, 2012 - 11:01PM

    BREAKING NEWS:
    Jewish Zionist Mark Zuckerburg has cancelled his honeymoon and booked a ticket to Islamabad..So that he could surrender to Pakistan police regarding the FIR
    He announced that as a compensation for this defamation,he will transfer all his shares he holds to the “great advocates” who filed the case against him and applauds them using their skills for fighting against injustice..

    More details of this news can be found in Faking News :)

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  • smj
    May 22, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Ban electricty as it was used to post these contents as well. Mashallah this judicary is so smart.

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  • Masukomi
    May 23, 2012 - 4:10AM

    It is things like this that make me ashamed of being a Pakistani.

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  • Faraz
    May 23, 2012 - 7:52AM

    @someone:
    NO ONE is superior to anyone including a Muslim over a Non-Muslim, its in Hadith. Stop thinking that we are superior, be obedient to God (and be a good human being) and that will be good enough. Besides, if we really want to follow Hadith the way it should be, why not ban corruption, crime, poverty, extremism et cetera from our society? these are some of the more real issues in direct relevance to Hadith and Islam and humanity which we don’t care about at all.

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  • Faraz
    May 23, 2012 - 8:02AM

    Stop computer sale in Pakistan! just ban the computers, banning internet cannot be enough. Its the West corrupting our minds using these fascist tools, computer and internet, keeping our youth busy with computers as the enemy strikes from behind. Its the computers that are the root cause of this. We will gladly go back to stone age for the sake of “Ummah” and ride on camels (and why not, we have “Arabic roots”) and live in caves,. For those getting excited about this, this is SARCASM.

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  • Faraz
    May 23, 2012 - 8:18AM

    @someone:
    “But Islam being the divine religion from the One true God shows the westerners how inferior their empire and system is as compared to Islam, so out of jealousy and inward acceptance that Islam is superior and divine”

    Can you please enlighten us of the reasons why you think the West feels jealous of us Muslims? You know what, Saudi Arabia can’t get a liter of oil without using helping of the West! Even their companies are run by Western executives. For all (the biggest projects) the construction work in Dubai, they hired Western architects. What have we to boast of? We don’t have any real achievement in education either! (and please don’t tell me Al-beruni) So, my friend, stop boasting of (fake) religious grandeur when we clearly have nothing to back it up, quite the opposite actually. Just being Muslim does NOT mean anything.

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  • May 23, 2012 - 8:40AM

    Being a Pakistani must to be so much fun!

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  • Question
    May 23, 2012 - 10:25AM

    Much hilarity…
    This makes me wonder about the substance of a faith that does not have enough merit to be able to withstand questioning and criticism… that needs to be defended so vehemently… I believe in a faith that has withstood the test of time… I don’t need to defend what I believe in… my GOD has enough strength to repel the forces of negativity and hate…

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  • bilal
    May 23, 2012 - 11:01AM

    @Masukomi:
    Stop crying!! who is asking you to call yourself Pakistani. GROW UP

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  • Ahmer Ali
    May 23, 2012 - 11:21AM

    @Sarah:
    I disagree with you here on your this stance because you are representing the non-muslims’ theory about Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) AND please don’t mind and would you like to tell me sincerely and honestly that if some one disgraces,dishonors and degrades your parents or your other ancestors will you defend them or shall keep silent and shall reply in the same manner you have said in this regard?
    Please remember that Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) said in his true Hadees that you are not a true believer unless I am respectable and honorable for you than your parents and others.

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  • DevilHunterX
    May 23, 2012 - 3:34PM

    @Ahmer Ali:
    [citation needed]

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  • Humanity
    May 24, 2012 - 9:08AM

    @Anyone wrote I spend more time on Facebook than sleeping and I have never seen such content.

    Please get a life …

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