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Pakistan to lead global campaign against blasphemous content: interior minister

Published Mar 16, 2017 04:56pm


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Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar on Thursday said Pakistan will represent the global Muslim community on the issue of blasphemous content posted on social media platforms and take the fight to any extent necessary to get its message across.

"Such content has been posted on social media websites for years. I am surprised that no other Muslim country raised the issue till now," Nisar said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad.

"We will take any steps necessary to make sure that our message against such content gets across to those websites as well as the rest of the world," Nisar said.

"We cannot put a handle on things until Facebook and these other websites help us, but when it comes to uploading done from within Pakistan, we have nearly pinpointed from where it is happening through the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and other intelligence agencies."

"Since this has become an international issue, I have also asked the FIA to find good legal counsel on the matter. They have been instructed to find a lawyer that understands international law and can advise us on these matters," Nisar added.

"I have asked the Foreign Office to appoint a representative in the US to liaison with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and these social media websites on a daily basis," he said.

"Facebook and other service providers should share all information about the people behind this blasphemous content with us."

“We are working on both tracks to ensure that those who have committed these crimes do not get away scot-free while the innocent do not get sucked into the matter,” he added.

“I have already directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to send out notices and ask that this content is removed and that it does not reappear online again,” Nisar said.

"Apart from all these measures, I still warn that we will take the matter to whatever end is necessary if these platforms do not comply with our demands," Nisar said, in an apparent reference to repeated appeals to block social media in Pakistan.

Nisar seemed to echo Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who said on March 14 that blasphemy is an 'unpardonable offence' and directed state machinery to find those responsible for putting blasphemous content on social media and bring them to justice without delay.

“The blasphemous content on social media is a nefarious conspiracy to hurt the religious sentiments of the entire Muslim ummah,” Nawaz was quoted as saying in a statement released on Twitter by the PML-N's official account.

Earlier the same day, the National Assembly had passed a resolution condemning blasphemous content posted on social media and unanimously agreed to the formation of a committee of parliamentary leaders to monitor such content.


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Irfan M Mar 16, 2017 05:09pm

Chaudri Nisar says that "Such content has been posted on social media websites for years. I am surprised that no other Muslim country raised the issue till now," The answer is simple. Rest of the countries don't have Orya Maqbool Jaan and Dr Amir Liaquat. We are lucky to have these two gentlemen.

Irfan M Mar 16, 2017 05:15pm

As Chaudhry Nisar points out, it is an international issue and cooperation from other countries needed, I would suggest that if the other countries do not cooperate and continue to host blasphemous material then we should cease the relation with such countries and ask our ambassador to come back and send their ambassador back to their country. Unless we are strong, we will not be able to convince the other nations.

AsR Mar 16, 2017 05:11pm

Better to ban these social media websites. Instead encourage people to engage in healthy sports.

Gigabyte Mar 16, 2017 05:19pm

Ban such social media to be viewed in Pakistan. World is too big with billions of people, will they listen to you?

AXH Mar 16, 2017 05:21pm

How about first paying attention to what you can control, poverty, healthcare. education, etc.

suresh Mar 16, 2017 05:28pm

Wow Super power approach

ahmed Mar 16, 2017 05:31pm

simply ban facebook, youtube and other such websites.

Jibran Mar 16, 2017 05:39pm

He is never found when any issue related to his ministry comes up. Otherwise he's ready to take on the entire world through his press conferences.

Jilani Mar 16, 2017 05:37pm

I am impressed with such a strong message. Pakistan is leading the world in this fight!

Nasir Mar 16, 2017 05:42pm

pathetic - people are starving , extremism is flourishing and jobs are unavailable for the masses - Nisar needs to leave his job and let someone who cares about the people take over

Alien Mar 16, 2017 05:54pm

Are we playing politics here on this issue,this is issue of every Muslim so why Muslim world is silent on this and only Pakistan is active.

Mustjam Mar 16, 2017 05:56pm

On all social website besides blasphemous content, there are abuse of others religion and beliefs. There are websites of ISIS with gruesome beheadings.

Haider Mar 16, 2017 06:07pm

Very good move. Blasphamy should not be allowed.

Khan-haqiqi Mar 16, 2017 06:18pm

First leave corruption then teach morals to world

SID Mar 16, 2017 06:20pm

Have these guys seriously lost it? Poverty, corruption, water scarcity, terrorism and a host of other issues plague the entire subcontinent and all we focus on is Blasphemy and Religion. God save us from these rulers.

amarnath Mar 16, 2017 06:21pm

"Since this has become an international issue"

Sir, by what measure has this become an international issue? There are much bigger and critical problems most sensible countries are dealing with.

Sir, When more important problems are proving to be difficult to get handled, why this distraction?

Qureshi Mar 16, 2017 06:30pm

I thought he was interior minister of Pakistan and now he wants to be Global Interior minister. How about taking care of Pakistan by providing education, clean water, electricity and jobs.

TBH Mar 16, 2017 06:30pm

Yes please lead while rest of the world worry about trivial things like science, technology​ and economic growth

AXH Mar 16, 2017 06:27pm

This is a classic move from PML-N to appease the right-wing.

Dr. rafiq khan Mar 16, 2017 06:34pm

Does the government not have more pressing issues? We're facing the largest trade deficit in the history of Pakistan. 3 different Pakistani entities are registered with the UNPO seeking countries of their own. india is stealing our water, targeting Pakistani civilians, and funding anti-Pakistani proxies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. There is no dedicated Minister of Foreign Affairs. The entire country has been facing a power shortage for decades. Education and infrastructure needs upgrades. Law and order is a mess. Madrassas are churning out brainwashed jihadis. Do you want to fix any of these issues first ??

Amra Mar 16, 2017 06:31pm

There are multiple software's to block any website or content.

Pak PATRIOT Mar 16, 2017 06:37pm

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar please concentrate on your job of keeping Pakistanis and Pakistan safe and secure.

MSAlvi Mar 16, 2017 06:38pm

@suresh I agree one hundred percent.

KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Mar 16, 2017 06:36pm

@Khan-haqiqi ...........great comment

MSAlvi Mar 16, 2017 06:46pm

Pakistan needs to set it's priorities right. Is blasphemy the biggest issue that is destroying Pakistan?

Nisar, here are some tips for you: education, health, economy, jobs, law and order.

Agha Ata Mar 16, 2017 07:02pm

Instead of, minimising the impact of calling someone a blasphemous, our government is trying to flare it up internationally.

Afzaal Ansari Mar 16, 2017 07:04pm

Blasphemy is a unpardonable offence committed by the mischievous miscreants these heinous should be dealt according with the Islamic laws. It's will be conscious and pragmatic effort to take up the matter in the global. Social media will also be under surveillance to prevent the blasphemous contents within the territory.

N_Saq Mar 16, 2017 07:04pm

Again, nice politics Mr Nisar. Keep playing with peoples emotions. Everyone knows that no one can control the internet, not even the mighty US or China or Russia then how are you going to achieve it? Stop making a fool of the innocent Pak citizens and playing into the hands of radicals and extremists and keep making the mockery out of Pak. I know you know the truth that it can't be done because in Western world no one can curtail the freedom of speech, it is in their constitution so for them it is simple it you don't like it then don't read it.

So Mr Nisar will take every step to make sure that the blasphemous content is removed from the internet, which he will not be able to do because its not under his control but he will not take every step necessary to eliminate corruption, murders, kidnappings, honor killings, acid attacks, looting, stealing etc etc from Pak all of which is under his control as an interior minister, in other words he will do everything else but his job.

NAEEM Mar 16, 2017 07:06pm

You can not control the web Stop wasting your time and concentrate on law and order and better governance

Pathan Mar 16, 2017 07:20pm

For what? What is the benefit?

Exlim Mar 16, 2017 07:23pm

Interior minister is busy appeasing the fanatical. That is his job priority these days.

Jhangi Mar 16, 2017 07:55pm

@Irfan M
Let these gentleman migrate to the Middle East!

Khan Mar 16, 2017 08:07pm

We suggest if Mr. C. Nisar would consider - within FIA or outside Federal Government should develop "Federal Martial's" with the absolute authority to go in any Province within country and or overse's with HC Order's to arrest the such criminals and bring them to justice. Within country they will go in any province n local police will be bound to extend its services to locate, arrest n hand over the culprits to Federal Martial. Same it will apply overseas - Federal Martial will go to another country n their local police will provide the same facilities. Minister can get further details from USA Federal Martial department. No harm to look into.

jameel Mar 16, 2017 08:10pm

Very smart usage of time and resources. "God bless you" .

Prateik Mar 16, 2017 08:21pm

Better stop using websites if you are offended.

Seriously? Mar 16, 2017 08:34pm

Looks like they will not get any response from the social media owners and then they will ban these media

umair arshad Mar 16, 2017 08:44pm

way to go man !

KZ Mar 16, 2017 08:40pm

@Jilani The rest of the world does not care. They are dealing with more important issues.

KZ Mar 16, 2017 09:00pm

I wish Pakistan would reach the world in something more useful.

J.M. Mar 16, 2017 09:05pm

Trying to censor the internet according to religious principles is a futile endeavor. In any case a truly strong faith cannot be threatened by questioning or even insults.

jaredlee67 Mar 16, 2017 09:18pm

Pakistan can take a leading role in blocking social media sites so that the site owners learn to respect religious sensitivities in every part of the world. Business does not mean letting people disrespect others. Also, someone in Pakistan can start an alternative of facebook (called Peacebook). Yes, this is my idea and you can take the name and use it. Make sure you say that it was not your original idea. Anyways, the point is that something like 'Peacebook' can be a competitor for facebook and probably things might change then. Sometimes business don't understand any language, except the language of business ($$$).

Parvez Mar 16, 2017 09:27pm

When you fail at home....the easiest thing to do is claim you're leading the world.

tapish Mar 16, 2017 09:33pm

Good move. The world desperately needs someone to point out the blasphemy being carried out .

El Cid Mar 16, 2017 09:35pm

My experience is that Pakistan and Turkey are the only countries that truthfully stand up for Islam and Muslims on the international platform.

El Cid Mar 16, 2017 09:41pm

@J.M. True. But the plan is to plant doubt in vulnerable minds.

Desi Dimag Mar 16, 2017 10:09pm

The only religious card has left for PML-N to survive in next election.

RAZAA Mar 16, 2017 10:13pm

PAKISTAN Should stop use of Internet immideately.

ft Mar 16, 2017 10:13pm

PMLN is trying to control people's freedom.

Pakistani Mar 16, 2017 10:17pm

@Jilani "Strong message", ---- Nostalgia!

AZI Mar 16, 2017 10:26pm

I honestly wish this country can one time come back to its senses and lead in something reasonable...Everything wrong you can imagine Pakistan takes lead in it and its citizens are ok with it.

Sohail Mar 16, 2017 10:37pm

I am glad that poverty, terrorism, corruption etc etc in our country is completely fixed now we can lead a global campaign against social media. I am glad the poor people of Sindh all have clean water now and extremism is gone.

fazil k. Mar 16, 2017 10:52pm

Typical politician who wish to control modern technology/media with medieval attitudes.

LIfe Mar 16, 2017 11:09pm

I asked Foreign office, I asked PTCL, I asked X and I instructed Y. Is he a interior minister or a Prime Minister.

N_Saq Mar 16, 2017 11:12pm

@El Cid LOL...and they are both going down hill :) :)

Athar Mar 16, 2017 11:13pm

As a protest I have deleted my own facebook account.

Life_line Mar 17, 2017 12:04am

For some people poverty, health care and education is more important than our religious values.

zia Mar 17, 2017 12:11am

As if the country is doing so well that there is nothing more important to fix.

option Mar 17, 2017 12:18am

Im glad to see Pakistan is taking a lead on this matter!!

Fahad Farooq faisal Mar 17, 2017 12:25am

@AXH Exactly!

Pakistani Mar 17, 2017 12:29am

For crying out loud, just fix the roads, the litter, the traffic at home first.

We the people dont want you do do any global campaigns.

fahd Mar 17, 2017 01:04am

Love and respect for Ch. Nisar. .

rashid nasim Mar 17, 2017 01:02am

I don't understand who will trust Nisar in international community to listen and follow him. These corrupt guys have started all this for their benefit. Nisar and Nawaz wants excuse to shut down social media in Pakistan, so there is no one can talk about their corruption on social media and they only have to deal with paper and tv media ,

Moth Mar 17, 2017 01:31am

What is going on in Pakistan. I left Pakistan 30 years back. I noticed one thing that people on average look more malnourished as compared to 30 years back. Plus I have no idea what went wrong to brains of our politicians. They do not see poverty, contaminated water, diseases, poor infrasturure, unemployment, no innovation, poor hospitals, OMG. Why people elect you. Useless people.

Syed zafar kazmi u.s.a Mar 17, 2017 01:57am

Our sure path to become international pariah

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:07am

@Irfan M .... That can't happen unless Pakistan workers and students and the rich want to give up the ides of obtaining visas from other countries if embassies in Pakistan are closed in the process.

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:11am

@AsR .... No one is torturing people to force them look at these websites. Facebook is the only one that matters because families keep in touch there.

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:20am

@ahmed .... Banning YouTube would be a mistake. There is so much good content, historical content, and educational content there Pakistanis need to see it would be a disaster. There are sketching and drawing classes for kids and teens. There is music; the world's music, so much of the world's music. It is a place to learn science.

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:24am

@Jilani .... It is all politics.

gp65 Mar 17, 2017 02:23am

@N_Saq Excellent comment.

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:28am

@Khan-haqiqi .... .. I will second you sir, on that.

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:36am

@SID .... That is the whole point!

Alba Mar 17, 2017 02:47am

@amarnath Why this distraction? It is a defense to avoid criticism.

aga Khan Mar 17, 2017 02:47am

@AXH ; They have to- if they want to continue to be the ruling party.

Seedoo Mar 17, 2017 03:04am

Chaudri Nisar should focus on his real responsibilities, which is clean and good governance, getting rid of corruption, law and order, clean water, sanitation, electricity, etc., etc.

sajed syed Mar 17, 2017 03:39am

@Irfan M , a beautiful suggestion.

sajed syed Mar 17, 2017 03:42am

@N_Saq , succinctly put.

Shahzad Mar 17, 2017 04:09am

@Khan FBI has more important things to deal with. Why not task your own FIA? Cant you do anything by yourselves.

Syed zafar kazmi u.s.a Mar 17, 2017 05:15am

@Life_line "For some people poverty, health care and education is more important than our religious values". Religious values, customs and traditions even religion itself is a personal, private matter and open to debate and discussion in the entire civilized world but poverty, health & education are matters that are directly a province of the government's responsibility and must be resolved amicably for the collective good of people. But unfortunately that has never been a priority for our governments and even more unfortunate is the sorry fact that the people too have these priorities so misplaced as is abundantly evident from most of the comments here.

MALIK Mar 17, 2017 05:17am

Is that the most demanding issue of our time?

Rizwan hamid-USA Mar 17, 2017 05:22am

Mr. Nisar, do your job and make Pakistan a safer place for people of ALL religions to live in,

People's will Mar 17, 2017 05:45am

Energy allocation should be prioritized

Ouzzy Mar 17, 2017 05:52am

@Pakistani speak for urself

Ouzzy Mar 17, 2017 06:00am

@Jhangi why should they?, they are in the ISLAMIC republic of pakistan.

Ouzzy Mar 17, 2017 06:04am

Very good decision.

Sana Mar 17, 2017 06:24am

well said Nasir people have no jobs, they are starving and this is the priority?

Sana Mar 17, 2017 06:23am

@Qureshi good comment first provide electricity clean water and jobs to people

umer Mar 17, 2017 06:56am

Could you also please add the eradication of poverty, bigotry and illiteracy from Pakistan to your list Ch sahib

AdHawk Mar 17, 2017 07:13am

Who is he talking to. The West has moved on from this issue decades ago

Ranjit Haripur Mar 17, 2017 07:27am

If the good Minister could instead spend the same energy on our starving families, poor infrastructure, poor health system then I am sure Pakistan will become a first world country.

M Mirza Mar 17, 2017 07:31am

Most of us appreciate what these gentlemen are thining but it is a waste of time to think that western countries who are mostly secular will listen to your protests .

Raza Mar 17, 2017 07:55am

How about leading the fight against poverty, starting at home.

majid Mar 17, 2017 08:15am

@AXH makes sense

Sri Mar 17, 2017 08:16am

Sad that politicians stoop to such levels to divert attention from the genuine issues at hand that need to dealt

Swarup Mar 17, 2017 08:31am

Its a clear case of misplaced priorities.

Abid Mar 17, 2017 08:40am

People with zero credibility cannot lead any campaign be it local or global

Jon Mar 17, 2017 09:11am

PML(N) what a shameful governance, India is stealing your water and you are worry about FB.

Sri Mar 17, 2017 09:59am

@El Cid it would do more good if we all stood up for humanity

asad Mar 17, 2017 10:00am

Great Job ch nisar, @ Irfan M yes we are lucky to have few good ppl in Pak