Millions of Pakistanis receive blasphemy warning texts

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

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 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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Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in the country, with allegations leading to dozens of mob attacks or murders.

Last week a 10-year old boy was killed and five others were wounded when a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • I am a Khan
    May 10, 2017 - 7:31PM

    Good MoveRecommend

  • zeeshan haqqi
    May 10, 2017 - 7:56PM

    good to see this actionRecommend

  • Sexton
    May 10, 2017 - 7:59PM

    I find that not allowing free speech is very bothering. We should all be allowed to use the intelligence God gave us and openly discuss controversial matters. If someone disagrees either way and points it out we all learn. In the West many people are disrespectful, in regard to religion, and although some people get upset they move on. Recommend

  • Mirror
    May 10, 2017 - 8:35PM

    Now this is like being paranoid about blasphemy law.Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    May 10, 2017 - 10:50PM

    Ok and what about all the other offenses that are punishable under the law? i.e Hate speechRecommend

  • Jamal
    May 11, 2017 - 3:31AM

    What was the criteria of sending those text messages? Recommend

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