Islamabad High Court has directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) into blocking all social media pages and websites containing blasphemous material.
The court subjected the rule in a petition set against five bloggers and administrations of social media pages that were allegedly involved in defiling and disgracing the names of Holy personalities and places of Islam.
Citizen Salman Shahid moved the petition through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate and elected Secretary Interior, Secretary Ministry of IT, Director General FIA and Chairman PTA as respondents.
The counsel for the petitioner claimed before the court that people updated blasphemous posts against Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and other prophets through the medium of social media as the hearing proceeded.
The alleged acts have provoked religious sentiments of Muslims across the Courtney and worldwide after which the court is suggests strict punishments for the blasphemers.
The petitioner stated that bloggers including Professor Salman Haider and others through their inappropriate posts on Behnsa, Roshni and Mochi that were updated in all three social media pages defiled and disrespected the holy entities of Islam.
He acknowledged the court that five bloggers namely; Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Ahmed Raza Naseer and Samar Abbas hosted social media pages Behnsa, Mochi and Roshni, which portray inflammatory and blasphemous material against Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his companions.
They also posted drawn sketches of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and captioned blasphemous things about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, wives (Azwaje Mutaharat) and sacred book of Quran as well as Allah Almighty. He furiously claimed that these blasphemous material in various forms are being spread on social media, however respondents no. 2 and 3 have not taken any notice to blocking the material nor has there been any action taken is by respondent no. 3 that is due to the influence of respondent no. 1. ‘It is therefore expedient to pass orders by this court to all the respondents in this regard accordingly as per law,’ he added.
The petitioner requested to the court to order respondents no. 2, 3 and 4 to block their pages on social media, namely ‘Bhansa’, ‘Machar’ and others similar pages and IDs containing blasphemous messages, sketches and videos against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, wives (Azwaje Mutaharat) and Sacred book of Quran as well as God Almighty.