Court hints Facebook blocking over blasphemous material

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court’s judge on Wednesday hinted the blocking of social media site Facebook in the country over the presence of blasphemous material.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was hearing the case which was filed by the petitioner Salman Shahid through his counsel Tariq Asad, alleging that blasphemy was being committed through certain pages on social media by five bloggers including Professor Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Samar Abbas and Ahmed Raza Naseer who had created pages such as ‘Bhainsa’ ‘Mochi’ and ‘Roshni.’

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) informed the judge about the progress being made in the case. He said, the investagation has been completed and case has been registered couple of days ago.

DG FIA also informed that an individual who was allegedly involved in spreading such material has been apprehended while others’ names have been placed in the Exit Control List (ECL).

The interior secretary was also questioned over not getting assistance from FIA to remove the material. The accusation was denied by the secretary and told the court that the ministry and FIA are coordinating with each other and all possible steps are being taken to tackle the problem.

Advocate General Islamabad also informed the court about Facebook case’s progress and said that the media company would take two to three weeks to share the required information.

The judge remarked, “We don’t need social media if it cannot stop blasphemy;” and asked to block the Facebook till the issue resolved.

The court adjourned hearing of the case.

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In last hearing, the court was annoyed over FIA’s progress and asked the agency to stop telling tales and ordered to just inform about the real-time progress being made.