Blasphemy is an unpardonable offence: PM

Published: March 14, 2017
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Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif gestures during a news conference in Islamabad January 27, 2009. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif gestures during a news conference in Islamabad January 27, 2009. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that blasphemy is an ‘unpardonable sin’ and ordered authorities concerned to nab those responsible for posting such content on social media.

“Law enforcers should search for the people spreading blasphemous material and prosecute them under the law,” a statement quoted him as saying on Tuesday.

The prime minister also ordered stringent measures to be taken to stop blasphemous content from making rounds on social media.

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“Love for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the most valued asset for the believers,” he said, directing authorities to nab those involved in disseminating blasphemous material.

He ordered daily reports on the matter, saying international organisations should be contacted for the elimination of all blasphemous content. The Foreign Office, he added, should play its role in the regard, Radio Pakistan reported.

The PM’s statement came moments after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a report on the activities of four bloggers – who went missing earlier this year and resurfaced a few days later – and how they had managed to leave Pakistan.

IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered FIA Director General Mohammad Amlesh to personally supervise the inquiry, pending before FIA, and ‘take action[s] which are necessary to achieve the objectives, strictly in accordance with law.’

Hearing a case of blasphemous material on social media, five bloggers had been accused of creating pages such as ‘Bhainsa’ ‘Mochi’ and Roshni.

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Petitioner Salman Shahid, through his lawyer Tariq Asad, had approached the IHC stating that blasphemy was being committed through the pages.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman Syed Ismail Shah told the court that a number of pages containing blasphemous content had been blocked while efforts were being made to tackle the issue.

The chairman said there was a realisation of the gravity of the issue and assured the court that positive results would be achieved soon.

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Meanwhile, the premier is in Karachi to celebrate Holi with the Hindu community. According to a statement, PM Nawaz will also hold meetings with the city’s business community.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Ali
    Mar 14, 2017 - 12:29PM

    Where are supporters and abettors of these scums now.. Tell us tribune and DAWN…..we need answers.Recommend

  • Shah
    Mar 14, 2017 - 1:14PM

    Moral: once you are in a jam in any profession in Pakistan, play the religion card! It has worked wonders for this country. Recommend

  • Farooq
    Mar 14, 2017 - 2:28PM

    Corruption is pardonable offence……..?Recommend

  • Zaheer
    Mar 14, 2017 - 2:55PM

    When an anchor on a tv channel was screaming about blasphemous contents on social media the other channels were accusing him of spreading hate. Why these so-called tv anchors and media responsible and leaders are now tight lipped who were supporting the bloggers at that time? Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 14, 2017 - 3:02PM

    @Shah: Excellent comment ……. situation is reminiscent of ZAB’s last days when in desperation he banned liquor and declared Friday a holiday.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 14, 2017 - 6:29PM

    Mian Sahib has served Pakistan well. Now is the time to serve Islam. Recommend

  • siesmann
    Mar 15, 2017 - 3:17AM

    How is Blasphemy law going to stop blasphemy from outside Pakistan,where almost all of it originates?It incites those people to do it more,just to irritate. The best thing is just ignore them and don’t go fishing for blasphemous content.Recommend

  • Suhas
    Mar 15, 2017 - 2:16PM

    As if blasphemy is the only thing holding back Pakistan. Recommend

  • Preetum
    Mar 17, 2017 - 3:23AM

    @Suhas:
    On the contrary, the obsessive and sadistic ‘sensitivity’ to ‘blasphemy’, and the pronounced lack of critical thinking that gives rise to it, is certainly one of the things holding Pakistan and other Muslim countries back in the Middle Ages.Recommend

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