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JIT formed to probe blasphemous content on social media

March 8, 2017
JIT formed to probe blasphemous content on social media

Pakistani paramilitary soldiers leave from the high court after the case hearing of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad on April 18, 2013. A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for his controversial decision to dismiss judges when he imposed emergency rule in 2007, officials said.  AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEMFAROOQ NAEEM/AFP/Getty Images

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered to form a joint investigation team to probe the issue of blasphemous content on social media and put those responsible on exit control list (ECL).

Hearing a case against sacrilegious content on social media, Chief Justice IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui summoned a report about the progress over the issue in tomorrow’s hearing.

Justice Siddiqui directed the government to take up action today and inform the court tomorrow.

The court also decided to hear the case on daily basis, giving clear-cut directives to make an example of those terrorists who attack people’s faith.

Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told the court that it is not possible to filter one billion social media pages as he directed. On this, the Chief Justice remarked, “If you are unable to rise up to the task, quit the job. It is a serious issue; but the state is asleep.”

Before the hearing, the sides were briefed at the chamber of CJ IHC with Home Secretary Arif Khan, IG Islamabad Tariq Masud, Chairman PTA, and Additional DG FIA in the audience.

It should be mentioned here that Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was directed to appear personally before the court; however, he did not show up today.

The hearing took place in heightened security with unconcerned people denied entry. FC commandoes were deployed at rooftops of IHC and nearby buildings. –SAMAA


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