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Senate flays blasphemous content on social media
By Tariq Butt March 12, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: The Senate has unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the blasphemous content circulating on social media and seeking exemplary punishment for those behind it.

It asked the government to act under the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against those uploading the objectionable material on social media. The government was also urged to put in place a regular mechanism to check circulation of such material on social networking sites in Pakistan.

The resolution, moved by Kamil Ali Agha of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), was endorsed by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq and leader of the opposition Aitzaz Ahsan.

Pointing out that Pakistan was the only country in the world to have been carved out in the name of Islam, the resolution said its Constitution guaranteed respect for all prophets, all sacred personalities of Islam, the last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his family members as well as his companions.

The House lamented that some perverts were violating the law and committing blasphemy to create chaos. It was stressed that Islam gave the right to freedom of expression but that was not an unbridled right.

Different senators called for restrictions on social media in Pakistan.

Agha regretted that some blasphemous posts had been circulating on social media for some weeks.

The lawmakers said there would be chaos if strict action was not taken against the culprits. It was pointed out that the government has the technology to identify the sources behind the malicious campaign.

Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani surprised by revealing that his fake twitter account was still operational and letters written by him to the Federal Investigation Agency director general and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman did not work. “I was told that only Twitter administration can do it.”

The legislators pointed out that intelligence agencies have the capacity to track down the sources. They opined that while there should be a check on blasphemous material, the sources of knowledge and information should not be blocked.

Religious workers and scholars affiliated with various parties took to the streets in various cities after Friday prayers to lodge protest against the continued blasphemy against the Holy Prophet (PBUH) on social media.

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