Islamabad High Court suggests making blasphemy law tougher to check its misuse

Source: Dawn

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has suggested that parliament make the blasphemy law tougher by fixing the same punishment for any person misusing it or falsely accusing someone of blasphemy. In a detailed order issued on Friday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also ordered a complete ban on the social networking site Facebook in case the website management does not conform to Pakistani laws.The court on March 31, 2017, had issued a short order on a petition seeking elimination of blasphemous content from social media.In the 116-page detailed judgment, Justice Siddiqui discussed in detail the common criticism of the blasphemy law.He said due to the misuse of the law critics even demanded abolishing it, adding it was better to stop exploitation of the law rather than abolishing it.

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Categories: Asia, Blasphemy, Pakistan

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