Islamabad Police has registered FIR against unidentified persons that spread blasphemous content through social media. The case has been registered under the blasphemy laws of Pakistan.
The FIR lodged on Thursday stated that the sentiments of Muslims are being hurt by the content on blasphemous Facebook pages such as Bhensa, Mochi and Roshni.
On 7th March, IHC directed Interior Minister 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.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui compared blasphemers to “terrorists”, justifying the comparison by asking what else could be worse than such acts. He observed that he expects Chaudhary Nisar to “take some steps in his own supervision to eliminate the evil, even at the cost of blocking the entirety social media.”
On 8th March, IHC judge ordered to put the names of the alleged Facebook pages owners’ on the Exit Control List (ECL) so they cannot escape or run away from the legal proceedings of the case. He suggested that extremist liberal and secular segments of society were far more dangerous than religious fundamentalists.
According to Salman Shahid’s petition, bloggers including Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Ahmed Raza Naseer and Samar Abbas allegedly created pages like Bhainsa, Mochi, and Roshni to commit blasphemy.