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PM Nawaz orders removal of blasphemous content from social media

Updated Jun 21, 2017 02:15pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that blasphemy is an unpardonable offence and directed the state machinery to find those responsible for putting blasphemous content on social media and bring them to justice without any delay.

According to a statement released on Twitter by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz official account, the prime minister directed the authorities to remove the blasphemous content from social media and to take measures to ensure that any such content is not posted in future.

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“The blasphemous content on social media is a nefarious conspiracy to hurt the religious sentiments of entire Muslim ummah,” Nawaz was quoted as saying.

“The matter has already been taken by the judiciary,” said Nawaz, and ordered to take necessary actions in accordance with the judicial guidelines in this regard.

Furthermore, he also issued directions to ensure the accountability of those who misuse the blasphemy law for their personal interests.

"Love and affection of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the most precious asset for every Muslim," said Nawaz Sharif.

Nawaz also directed the authorities to approach international social media platforms to put the blasphemous content off the internet.

The premier directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take all necessary measures against blasphemous content on social media and bring the culprits to justice immediately.

Nawaz urged the minister to completely uproot this heinous crime and sought daily reports on developments in this regard.

NA passes resolution against blasphemous content

The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning the blasphemous content appearing on social media and unanimously agreed to the formation of a committee of parliamentary leaders to monitor such content.

The lower house also agreed that, if required, the government should take legislative action against those posting blasphemous content on social media.