Court orders PTA to identify 'NGOs' spreading blasphemous content on social media

Govt departments directed to strictly comply with the verdict and submit a review report in a month


News Desk August 11, 2017
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the telecom watchdog on Friday to identify the non-governmental organisations (NGOs)  involved in circulating "blasphemous content" on social media.

IHC judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, in his 116-page verdict containing references from the Holy Quran and Hadith, ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to devise a strategy to curb blasphemous material on social networking websites.

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Copies of the verdict have been issued to the government departments concerned directing them to strictly comply with the judgement and submit a review report in a month.

In the judgement, it was noted that certain Facebook pages were campaigning against Islam.

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It also read that individuals must not take the law in their own hands.

The judge noted that punishing somebody involved in blasphemy was the jurisdiction of the departments concerned and the rule of law must prevail.

COMMENTS (3)

Maximus | 3 years ago | Reply I wonder if there's an end to self serving interests in the name of justice. Where are we heading as a nation ?
Muhammad | 3 years ago | Reply a better verdict would have been to invest in data centers and connectivity. Pakistani must not expect any control over cyber space till they do they invest in this. Else keep goimg in circles.
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