PHC orders two Facebook pages be blocked for 'blasphemy'

Petitioner refuses to share links in open court fearing it could incite violence.

Our Correspondent May 28, 2013
Petitioner refuses to share links in open court fearing it could incite violence.

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday ordered authorities to block Facebook pages allegedly containing blasphemous content.

A division bench comprising PHC Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and Justice Qaiser Rashid also sought a reply from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Information and Broadcast, secret agencies and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on a petition filed by Advocate Arif Jan.

Jan argued two pages on the social media website, Facebook, contained blasphemous material. The petitioner, who has already reportedly appraised the court on the pages, refused to share the links in open court fearing nationwide protests.



The bench ordered the PTA to block the pages within three days, further directing the mentioned authorities to submit their replies on the matter within 20 days.

Jan told journalists the reason he refused to share the link in open court was because it would lead to protests and cause political and religious parties to try and score points with the public.

On May 22, the PHC had directed petitioner Mian Muhibullah Kakakhel to collect information on whether the PTA could filter blasphemous material being uploaded to YouTube. Kakakhel had requested the court order the website be unblocked as people used YouTube to obtain information.

Kakakhel had said YouTube was banned in Pakistan after blasphemous material was uploaded. He argued, however, that the PTA needed to remove the unwanted material so people could continue getting information from the video-sharing website.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 29th, 2013.

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Final Solution | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Roshnipk.com page was never blasphemous. It was just putting up historically, political and religiously correct posts in urdu and questioning the stagnant pakistani mindset what is normally put up in english, hence it was reaching a wider audience unfamiliar with english medium. And that showed the true colours of the majority of people who are quick to label others kafir with a difference of opinion.

Bloom | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

When will Pakistan start addressing the real problems? Why is there an even notice of such useless incidence. I don't remember reading the prophets banning and killing everyone who spoke against them, unless there was an open war, you educate people and leave the rest idiots be. A mentally ill person makes a page and hundreds other people lose their privilege to do something useful or get somethings from the same page. I love YouTube recipes and nursery rhymes for my kid.

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