Islamabad Court Orders PTA to Block Social Media Pages Containing Blasphemous Content

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here Monday ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to ban web-based social networking pages or sites containing blasphemous material.

IHC seat coordinated lower specified respondents and examiner general Islamabad police to submit an answer within one week and to show up face to face next date of hearing on March 7.

The request came in light of an appeal against impious pages via web-based networking media looking for bearings for the legislature to block every one of these pages and start lawful procedures against the page admins.

The petition has been documented by a citizen, Salman Shahid, through his advice, Muhammad Tariq Asad, advocate. Applicant has assigned organization of Pakistan through secretary ministry of interior, secretary minister of IT, director general (DG) federal investigation agency (FIA) and director Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) as respondents.

Legitimate counselor for the solicitor while knowing about the case contended under the steady gaze of the court that a few people submitted blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and different prophets through the medium of online networking. This act has strongly hurt the feelings of Muslims. Pakistani law proposes strict disciplines for the blasphemers.

Solicitor embraced in the request of that irreverence has been conferred through specific pages via web-based networking media against Allah Almighty, prophets and Quran-e-Karim. Five bloggers including Professor Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Ahmed Raza Naseer and Samar Abbas made pages like “Bhainsa” “Mochi” and Roshni to confer disrespect through these.

Before documenting this appeal, applicant additionally reached FIA asking for the office to hotel FIRs against these bloggers after request. A representative chief FIA had guaranteed the petitioner that a FIR will be enrolled against these bloggers under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code in the wake of looking for lawful supposition from FIA’s lawful branch.

On February 1 and 2, it went to the candidate’s learning through media reports that strict move has been made against the officers who had been doing the investigation in this specific cases taking after the legal procedure.

Petitioner has specified in the appeal to that the religious individuals had requested enlistment of bodies of evidence against these bloggers. He battled that because of every one of these improvements, the bloggers increased more certainty and the blasphemy is proceeding through online networking that is making desolation and fury among Muslim Ummah.

The candidate has requested the court to guide the officials to block all such pages via web-based networking media, start lawful procedures against the admins of these pages.