The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has vowed that the Government will leave no stone unturned to effectively block blasphemous contents on the internet especially on social media websites.
“We will go to any extent even if we have to go to the extent of permanently blocking all such social media websites if they refuse to cooperate.
The decision came after Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the Interior Minister to take serious action against the culprits and clean the Pakistani social space from all the blasphemous material which was hurting the sentiments of Muslims not only in Pakistan but all over the world.
Justice Shaukat Aziz of IHC went to the extent that the court would call the Prime Minister if it deemed necessary.
In compliance with the court’s direction, the interior minister said that no blasphemous material would be allowed to be propagated through social media that hurts religious sentiments of the people of Pakistan.
In the meantime, the Islamabad police have registered the case against the owner of the derogatory Facebook pages.
It is not the issue of Muslims living in Pakistan alone, but such madness hurt the sentiments of entire Ummah all across the world have serious concerns over the failure of social media operators to block such blasphemous contents.
The Minister said that blasphemy and terrorism were two major sensitivities and the state will not compromise on these issues.
The Minister observed that the international community must realize that hurting any religion through any channel is intolerable.
The Minister directed Chairman PTA to engage various foreign companies operating social media websites to convey serious reservations and concerns of the Government so as to find a permanent solution for blocking of such material i.e. websites, facebook pages and simultaneously to ensure that such content is not uploaded with any other name.
He asked Chairman PTA to convey to social media operators in no uncertain terms that the Government of Pakistan will be forced to block all such social media websites which would refuse to cooperate in this matter.
The Interior Minister was chairing a meeting which was also attended by Chairman PTA, Secretary Interior, Advocate General and senior officials of FIA and Ministry of Interior.
The Minister said that there is a need to develop local solutions and software for detection of such material on the internet. He said efforts must be made for putting in place a robust mechanism of deterrence as well as timely action against such web pages.
The Minister particularly mentioned the refusal of facebook to cooperate in the matter of airing a false photograph of the senior most personality of superior judiciary. Elaborating, he said that no country could allow its religious sentiments being blatantly hurt and its important sate functionaries subjected to ridicule and distorted under the pretext of freedom of expression.
He said that “why are there two different sets of rules governing holocaust and the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)?”