ISLAMABAD – Since the issue of blasphemous content and controversial pages came out, the chances of blocking Facebook in Pakistan has increased.
Petitions have been filed in different courts across the country in order to block and ban social networking sites such as Facebook.
According PakistanTribe correspondent, it has been requested in the petition filed in the high court that Facebook should be blocked in the country till the removal of all blasphemous contents on the social media.
As per the detail given by the correspondent with regards to the blasphemous material, and the statement of the Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) where he has admitted in the court that all pages which had the blasphemous contents have been blocked.
However, blasphemous contents are still circulating on the Facebook in the form of videos, sketches and other materials.
On the other hand, another petition has been filed in Lahore High Court for banning internet contents based on hate speech and blasphemy.
In the Multan Bench of the Lahore High Court another petition has been filed regarding the hateful materials on the internet while a senior judge, Qasim Khan have summoned Deputy Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Earlier, Justice Aziz Sadiqui of Islamabad High Court (IHC) said while hearing a case about blasphemous content on the social media that no one will be allowed sell news under the guise of hate speech and whoever commits blasphemy will not be spared; however no innocent person will be implicated in such a case.
He said, “A campaign should not be launched on the social against Asma Jahanger or in my favor.”
The judge further said that the print and electronic media should air article 14 of the constitution so that it become clears that what are the rights and responsibilities.
While on the other hand, secretary interior has informed the court that Facebook administration is cooperating in this regard and so far 70 controversial pages have been closed down.