Interior Minister, Chaudhary Nisar has vowed to take harsh actions against the people spreading blasphemous content on social media. The government has invited ambassadors of Muslim countries in Islamabad on Friday to take a stance against blasphemous content on social media sites unanimously.
In a press conference today, he said that “social media is not important than religion and faith.” Nisar added that the issue of blasphemous content on the internet is not just limited to Pakistan, but rather its effects the entire Muslim world.
Earlier today, Justice Shaukat Aziz in the hearing of blasphemous content on remarked that the if Facebook doesn’t cooperate with the government then Pakistan should ban the social media site altogether. The court will decide at the next hearing whether Facebook will stay or a ban should be imposed.
IHC has been clear from the day one that authorities should eliminate the access to blasphemous content even at the expense of blocking the public’s access to social media platforms.
Chaudhary Nisar had vowed to leave no stone unturned to effectively block blasphemous content on the internet especially on social media websites. Facebook came under fire when few of its pages had blasphemous content.
In response to government’s demand to take action, the company is sending a delegation for discussing the matter with the concerned authorities. Previously Nisar also revealed that Pakistani government is looking for a legal way and has hired a lawyer where they won’t shy away from going against facebook in international courts.