85 percent blasphemous content removed from internet

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

ISLAMABAD – Secretary Interior Arif Khan told Islamabad High Court (IHC) hearing a case regarding blasphemous content on social media that at least 85 percent of blasphemous content on social media has been obliterated and only ten to 15 percent remains.

Arif Khan told Chief Justice IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui that closing off Facebook is not a solution to the issue.

The secretary told the court the matter was broached before ambassadors of 27 Muslim countries and a joint investigation team has been formed to probe the matter.

Secretary Interior responded, “Pakistani embassy located in Washington raised the issue.”

Justice Siddiqui said the court will not intervene in the investigations.

“Where are IT expert, Ahsan Iqbal, minister for religious affairs? The entire government has left the job to Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan,” Justice Siddiqui voiced displeasure.

“Will Anusha Rehman tell the court as to why the issue has not been resolved thus far?” he asked.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Syed Ismail Shah told the court that action has been taken up against 40 Facebook pages of sacrilegious content and a special team is looking for all such content.

The court summoned the report during the next hearing with directives that special caution should be exercised that no innocent people are wronged.

Adjourning the hearing till March 31, the CJ also demanded the report on progress in amended Electronic Crimes Act in the next hearing.

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