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Blasphemous Content Case: Court rejects plea seeking ban on Facebook

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court dismissed the petition seeking the ban on Facebook. The judge ordered the concerned authorities to remove blasphemous content from social media and rejected the plea seeking ban Facebook. 

The court on Friday announced a short verdict of the blasphemy case and issued orders to bring back five bloggers named in the case.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to remove all blasphemous content from social media.

The court issued orders to the government to take strict action against blasphemers and those who are involved in spreading vulgarity.

Justice Siddiqui instructed authorities to make amendments in the cybercrime law regarding for blasphemy and vulgarity. He also directed FIA to conduct inquiry against those NGOs and persons who were involved in spreading such content.

The court also gave remarks that action would be taken against those who are using blasphemous laws for their own purpose.

During the last hearing of the case the judge gave remarks that all departments had left the whole responsibility on the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. Justice Siddiqui also questioned that why the IT minister, experts and minister for religious affairs were not performing their duties.

Chairman (PTA) informed the court that an action has been taken against 40 Facebook pages which were involved in spreading the blasphemous material through social media. Interior Secret also told that 85% of the blasphemous content has been removed.

Moreover, the ATC has also approved the remand of three persons who were using social media to spread such material.

The court has given the verdict on the potion filed by Salman Shahid, against the presence of blasphemous content on social media. It was filed in the Islamabad High Court through advocate 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’.