Govt vows zero tolerance to blasphemous content

Bruno Cirelli
Marzo 17, 2017

"Questioning Holocaust isn't allowed but insulting the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is justified as free speech", Nisar said at a press briefing.

Nisar said a senior officer at Embassy of Pakistan in Washington has been given responsibility to speed up efforts to get required information from Facebook management.

Islamabad has asked Facebook and Twitter to help it identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so that it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition. The petition demands temporary yet immediate shutdown Facebook in Pakistan.

Khan said the Federal Investigation Agency was able to figure out whenever such content is uploaded from within Pakistan.

"Since this has become an worldwide issue, I have also asked the FIA to find good legal counsel on the matter". However, since the matter was global, the FIA has been asked to find a lawyer who understands worldwide law and can fight the case for Pakistan.

"We disclose information about accounts exclusively in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law".

Khan also said that the government would use all available options to ensure the removal of "blasphemous" material from social media sites.

Authorities in Pakistan have already identified 11 people suspected of blasphemy and would seek the extradition of anyone living overseas.

He urged all Muslims countries to practice unity against sordid conspiracies against Islam as the matter of blasphemy hurts feelings of all Muslims.

The Pakistan Interior Minister said the government had also asked the Facebook administration to cooperate in their fight.

Before this the National Assembly had passed a resolution condemning blasphemous content posted on social media and unanimously agreed to the formation of a committee of parliamentary leaders to tackle the issue.

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