IHC orders removal of blasphemous content from social media

Source: The Express Tribune


ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad High Court judge on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to scrub off all blasphemous content from local social media accounts.

Hearing a petition which drew the court’s attention to blasphemous content on certain social media pages, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered authorities to place the name of alleged blasphemers on the Exit Control List so that those involved in the “stinking and criminal activities may not escape from lawful proceedings.”

Justice Siddiqui also directed authorities to initiate criminal cases against those committing blasphemy and to form a joint investigation team (JIT) to look into the matter, adding that those “who do not fulfill the criteria under the law to be a Muslim should not be made a part of the whole process.”

Expressing shock at the objectionable material submitted in court, Justice Siddiqui held it up as an example of ‘secular and liberal extremism’, which he maintained was “far dangerous than religious extremism.”

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