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Court will summon Prime Minister over blasphemous material, if needed: IHC

Islamabad: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday said that if need would arise the court would summon Prime Minister to remove blasphemous content from social media.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Sadiqui was hearing the petition filed against the presence of objectionable and blasphemous content on social media sites, seeking directions for the government to block all these pages.

During the hearing, Police, FIA and PTA teams submitted their reports regarding the progress made in case. The court was informed that all those pages which were involved in spreading of sacrilegious material, have been blocked and FIR of the case has also been lodged.

Islamabad police lodges FIR against blasphemers

Justice Siddiqui directed authorities to send all blasphemous material to the Prime Minister.

Siddiqui ordered Secretary Information to look into the matter of advertisement, adding, that vulgarism is being promoted through electronic media in the country and honor of the nation has been sold under the name of product.

On Wednesday, IHC directed PTA to remove all blasphemous content from social media; it also asked to lodge FIR against blasphemers. High Court also instructed government to put alleged blasphemers’ names on the Exit Control List (ECL).

IHC orders to include blasphemers’ names in ECL

Petitioner Salman Shahid, has filed petition in the Islamabad High Court 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’.