Make sure no innocent is booked for blasphemy – Justice Shaukat

Make sure no innocent is booked for blasphemy - Justice Shaukat |

ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday directed the departments concerned to be extra vigilant in identifying the real accused involved in blasphemy on social media.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC heard the case against posting of sacrilegious material on social media, particularly Facebook.

During the course of proceedings, Justice Siddiqui observed that the court would not let the accused escape and such a  judgment would be given in the case so that no one could dare to commit such an act in future.

He said the court would seek suggestions from Ulema also.

He directed the Inspector General of Police and Director of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to ensure that no innocent was booked on blasphemy charges.

The court expressed displeasure over not taking action against the accused involved in blasphemy.

The FIA Director informed the court that three pages of Facebook had been blocked while six other websites were under observation.

Justice Siddiqui asked religious scholars and journalists not to run any campaign in his (Justice Siddiqui’s) favour on social media and also stop criticising Asma Jahangir.

He said Article 19 of the Constitution protected the right to freedom of speech and the government should make the public aware of it.

The court adjourned the hearing of the case till March 17.- APP


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