Millions of Pakistanis receive blasphemy warning texts

'Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content on Internet is a punishable offense under the law'


Afp May 10, 2017
Screen grab of the message sent by PTA to mobile subscribers

ISLAMABAD: Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving text messages from the government warning them against sharing "blasphemous" content online.

"Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content on Internet is a punishable offense under the law. Such content should be reported on [email protected] for legal action," read the SMS sent by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to all mobile phone subscribers.

A similar note was posted on the agency's website in Urdu. A PTA spokesperson said the agency was acting on a court order.

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COMMENTS (6)

Jamal | 4 years ago | Reply What was the criteria of sending those text messages?
Ameer Qaisrani | 4 years ago | Reply Ok and what about all the other offenses that are punishable under the law? i.e Hate speech
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