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Blasphemy issue: Nisar issues warning to international websites

ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday warned international websites and social media that if they did not cooperate in warding off blasphemy, then stern action would be taken against them. During a press conference, Nisar disclosed that a meeting with ambassadors of Muslim countries would be held soon to tackle the…

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Facebook to send delegation to Pakistan over blasphemy row

ISLAMABAD: Social media giant Facebook will be sending a delegation to Pakistan, the interior ministry said Thursday. The move comes days after government threatened to permanently block social media websites including Facebook if they refuse to cooperate in taking down blasphemous content. A spokesperson for the ministry said that Facebook has even named a focal…

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Blasphemy culprits to be dealt with iron hands: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said culprits of blasphemy were enemies of humanity and those responsible for this intolerable act will be dealt with iron hands and brought to book. The government was fully prepared to take strict action against blasphemers and whole nation stands with the government in this…

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Video: PM on blasphemous content on social media

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the blasphemy to the holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is absolutely unacceptable. He also directed to remove all controversial content from social media and summoned a daily report in this regard. Watch more in this video report.

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IHC asks FIA to ensure no innocent is booked for blasphemy

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…

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Islamabad Bar condemns blasphemous pages on social media

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Bar Association strongly Monday condemned the blasphemous content on social media and demanded the government to take to the task those responsible for these sacrilegious pages. The Bar also has decided to boycott the courts proceedings; hence, the lawyers affiliated with the bar will not appear before the courts today (Monday) in protest…

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Nisar threatens to permanently block all social media sites

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday said that the government would leave no stone unturned to effectively block blasphemous content on the Internet, especially on social media websites. “We will go to any extent even if we have to go to the extent of permanently blocking all such social media websites, if they…

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Dar rules out change in blasphemy law

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Saturday said there would be no compromise on the dignity and respect of Last Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him). Addressing the “Khatam-e-Nabuwat Conference”, organized by the custodians of Golra Sharif Shrine here, he said,”We can sacrifice our lives, wealth and everything we possess, for the dignity and respect of…

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200,000 Indonesians protest against governor accused of blasphemy

More than 200,000 Indonesian Muslims prayed in unison and recited verses of Holy Quran Friday in the second major demonstration against Jakarta’s Christian governor, as conservative groups push for his arrest for allegedly insulting Islam. People in white Islamic robes and skullcaps packed out a massive park in the capital, with over 20,000 security personnel…

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Police arrest five for desecrating Sikh’s turban

LAHORE: Five people appeared in a court Tuesday accused of blasphemy after a Sikh man complained they had desecrated his turban during a scuffle over a delayed bus. Mahindar Paul Singh, 29, went to police after the clash on Sunday during a journey from the city of Faisalabad to Multan. “Five people in this case…

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Mumtaz Qadri executed at Adiala Jail

RAWALPINDI: Mumtaz Qadri, a former Elite Force commando convicted for killing Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was executed at the Adiala Jail early Monday morning. Security was stepped up at flashpoints across the country including the garrison city of Rawalpindi, where hundreds of supporters began gathering at Qadri’s family home. Qadri killed Taseer in Islamabad’s Kohsar…

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Boy cuts off own hand after blasphemy mistake: police

LAHORE: A 15-year-old boy cut off his own hand believing he had committed blasphemy, only to be celebrated by his parents and neighbours for the act, police told AFP Friday. Local police chief Nausher Ahmed described how an imam told a gathering at a village mosque that those who love the Prophet Mohammad always say…

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SC upholds death penalty for Mumtaz Qadri

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Wednesday upheld death penalty awarded to Mumtaz Qadri, who was found guilty of assassinating former Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2011, Samaa reported. According to Samaa correspondent, Qadri had filed a petition in the apex court against Islamabad High Court’s decision to uphold his death sentence. Supreme Court’s three-member…

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Kasur police arrest Christian labourer for blasphemy

LAHORE: Pakistan police said Saturday they have arrested and imprisoned a Christian man accused of blasphemy in Punjab. Blasphemy is a hugely sensitive issue in Pakistan, with even unproven allegations often prompting mob violence, and acquittals in court are rare. “A Christian labourer named Pervaiz Masih was arrested earlier this week and sent on judicial…

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From Junaid Jamshed to many others- Appearances can be Deceptive!

    By: Sarah Raza Ansari The ever up roaring extremism in Pakistan is shackling the country and its habitants bit by bit. But then the nation itself is the real culprit for many obvious reasons. Our nation might be failing its country every single day but one thing in which it excels is giving…

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Lahore cleric held for inciting Christian couple lynch mob

LAHORE: Pakistan police on Friday arrested a cleric accused of leading a mob trying to kill a Christian couple for allegedly committing blasphemy, a senior officer said.   Police had saved the couple on Tuesday from a Muslim mob who were attempting to lynch them in the village of Makki in Punjab province. “One of…

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Christian 'blasphemy' couple saved from lynching

LAHORE: Police in Pakistan saved a Christian couple from a mob who were attempting to lynch them for allegedly committing blasphemy, and later arrested a cleric for inciting the violence, a senior officer said Thursday. The incident, which took place in the village of Makki in Punjab province on Tuesday, represents a rare successful intervention…

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Iran's Khamenei urges Western youth to examine Islam

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged Western youth to examine Islam for themselves rather than swallow prejudiced views, in a message posted on his Twitter account. “The recent events in France and similar ones in some other Western countries have convinced me to directly talk to you about them,” he wrote in…

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Thousands march against Charlie Hebdo in Karachi

KARACHI: Thousands of people marched through Karachi on Thursday in the largest protest yet against French magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing blasphemous caricature. The march through the streets of Karachi is the biggest in a series of demonstrations against the magazine. An intelligence official overseeing the rally told AFP that the protesters numbered in the…

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Muslims cannot tolerate sacrilege to prophet: Siraj

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Siraj-ul-Haq condemned the blasphemous sketches published in French magazine, saying, “We cannot stay silent over the disrespect to our dear prophet (peace be upon him).”

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Altaf views profane sketches as plot to stoke WW3

KARACHI: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain said an attempt is being made to spark world war by publishing sacrilegious sketches of the highly revered religious personalities. Addressing an inter-religion harmony at Lal Qila Ground Azizabad on Saturday, he condemned the printing of blasphemous sketches and termed the printing a conspiracy to spawn another…

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