Case against anti-Islam filmmakers: LHC seeks AG’s assistance

Petitioner asks court to initiate contempt proceedings against SHO for not registering FIR despite court orders.

Our Correspondent October 05, 2012

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought assistance of the deputy attorney general on a petition seeking implementation of a lower court's orders for the police to register a case against the makers of the anti-Islam film, Google Inc., YouTube and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s chairman.

The court was hearing a petition filed by President Khatm-i-Nabuwwat Lawyers Forum Advocate Ghulam Mustafa.

During the hearing on Friday, the petitioner submitted that on September 26, Additional District and Sessions Judge Abdul Sattar Langah directed the SHO Islampura police to record statements of the petitioner against the accused but the SHO neither recorded statements nor registered a case. He claimed that the SHO has committed contempt of court by refusing to act on the court order.

Mustafa submitted before the court that he was shocked to read the news about some people in the US including writer and producer Nakoula Basseley alias Sam Bacile, actor Cindy Lee Garcia, Alian Roberts and others producing a blasphemous movie – Innocence of Muslims – which contained lies about the holy personalities of Islam, particularly Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh), admittedly amounting to blasphemy, carrying the death penalty under Section 295/C of PPC.

He added that the most tragic and unforgivable aggravation of this heinous crime is that PTA, the information ministry through their secretary and chairman Pemra had abetted and condoned this offence by allowing the exhibition of the movie in Pakistan on internet. Later, they claimed to have blocked Youtube but its images could still be seen on Google, he maintained.

He prayed the court to direct the SHO to register case against Bacile, Garcia, Roberts and others for making this movie and against chairman PTA and Pemra, information ministry through their secretary for allowing the exhibition of the movie's trailer on Youtube and for not removing images from Google.

He also prayed the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the SHO for not registering the FIR despite court orders.

The court adjourned the hearing for two weeks.


Jpy | 8 years ago | Reply

Fools paradise

Iron hand | 8 years ago | Reply

What a titanic waste of time and resources.

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