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“No blasphemous material would be tolerated”, says Interior Minister

The Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the Government will leave no stone unturned to effectively block blasphemous contents on the internet, especially on social media websites.

“We will go to any extent if we have to go to the extent of permanently blocking all such social media websites if they refuse to cooperate,” said Interior minister.

He said that no blasphemous material would be allowed to be propagated through social media that hurts religious sentiments of the people of Pakistan.

It is not the issue of Muslims living in Pakistan alone, but the sentiments of entire Ummah are hurt by such madness and Muslims all across the world have serious concerns over failure of social media operators to block such blasphemous contents, according to Nisar.

He also added “that blasphemy and terrorism were two major sensitives and the state will not compromise on these issues.”

The minister also observed that the international community must realize that presenting religion wrongly through any channel is intolerable.

The minister directed various foreign companies operating social media websites to convey serious reservations and concerns of the Government so as to find permanent solution for blocking of such material, i.e websites, Facebook pages and simultaneously to ensure that such content is not uploaded with any other name.

He also asked Chairman PTA to convey in no uncertain terms that the Government of Pakistan will be forced to block all such social media websites which refuse to cooperate in this matter.

The Interior Minister was chairing a meeting here on Thursday, attended by Chairman PTA, Secretary Interior, Advocate General and senior officials of FIA and Ministry of Interior.

The Minister said that there is a need to develop local solutions and softwares for detection of such material on internet. He also stated that efforts must be made for putting in deterrence as well as timely action against such web pages.

Mr Nisar particularly mentioned refusal of Facebook to cooperate in the matter of airing a false photograph of senior most personality of superior judiciary elaborating, he said that no country can allow its religious sentiments being blatantly hurt and its important state functionaries subjected to ridicule and distorted under the pretext of freedom of expression.

He also stated that “why are there two different sets of rules governing holocaust and the Prophet of Islam (SAW)?”