Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan today reviewed the report submitted by the FIA regarding the social media campaign against Chief Justice of Pakistan. At the end of 2016, several images were posted and shared on social media, making controversial remarks against then incoming Supreme Court Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar.
Chaudhry Nisar expressed exasperation over the response of Facebook’s administration for not providing the desired information. The ministry also contacted the government of United Stated of America but failed in obtaining the required data.
The interior minister has dubbed that it is saddening that the USA’s government and the administration of Facebook cannot engulf the sensitivity of this situation.
He relayed that the under the impression of freedom of expression and the policies of international companies, one cannot give permission to make defamation posts to malign a well-reputed individual of our country.
Chaudhary Nisar directed the Interior Ministry alongside PTA to come up with a plan against defamation of a person as a result of a false social media campaign. A mechanism needs to be established that according to the legal jurisdiction doesn’t restrict anyone from exercising freedom of expression whereas also stops someone from misusing this power.
The interior ministry might also consider talking to the social media companies including Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc to open up a local division in Pakistan to better fight this evil.
The issue started when a photograph of the prime minister, the president and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra started circling the social media where a caption incorrectly referred the KP governor as Mian Saqib Nisar, the now chief justice of Pakistan. The social media sites especially Facebook has come under fire in
The social media especially Facebook has come under fire in recent events pertaining to the blasphemous content present on many of its pages in Pakistan. IHC’s judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui yesterday ordered Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan to eliminate the access to blasphemous content on social media even at the expense of blocking the public’s access to social media platforms. So, is Facebook going to see some tough regulations in the Future, only time will tell.