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Facebook to send delegation for investigating blasphemous content: Interior ministry

Published Mar 16, 2017 11:35pm


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Popular social networking website Facebook will send a delegation to Pakistan for investigating content which the government considers to be blasphemous, a spokesperson from the Ministry of Interior said.

The government had approached Facebook earlier this week regarding access to the records of three controversial pages accused of spreading blasphemous content, the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Mazhar Kakakhail had said.

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Facebook in its reply said it is aware of the government's reservations and that it wants to resolve the issue via bilateral dialogue and mutual understanding, the interior ministry spokesperson added.

The official further said that Facebook has also named a focal person to communicate with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The IHC is hearing a case pertaining to the dissemination of blasphemous content through social media.

The case, filed by Salman Shahid, argues that the presence of blasphemous content on social media websites is "hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims".

The petition also alleged that pages and videos defaming the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) and revered personalities had not been blocked by the respondents nor had any steps been taken to remove the content.

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Three of the 'blasphemous' pages had already been blocked, whereas five to six other pages carrying blasphemous content had been marked, the FIA DG had told the court in a hearing on Monday.

Kakakhail had further said that an application will be launched under international law if the Facebook management failed to comply with the Pakistani government's request.

"We are at an early stage of inquiry in this regard," he added.


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Nomi Goraya Mar 16, 2017 11:51pm

This is the right way if you have any grievance about the issue then instead of burning own cities approach to the concerned forum and I am sure they are considerate

zia Mar 17, 2017 12:09am

wow....pakistan is again leading the world in high amazing! pathetice loosers...mullas will neither live happy themselves, nor will they let others enjoy life.

Naeem Mar 17, 2017 01:50am

What a waste of time and energy. This is a big distraction to keep the public for demanding better law and order, no load shedding , schools and healthcare. We are becoming the laughing stock of the world, where emphasis is on science and technology.

Alba Mar 17, 2017 01:53am

This is only an election ploy that will go away after 2o18. Issues which all the politicians can be right on are very popular.

Princess_of_DHUMP Mar 17, 2017 02:32am

Whilst they will be here can someone do something about zillions of other Pakistan based pages preaching hate against other sects and religions?

shaukat Mar 17, 2017 03:09am

You can't stop people from making derogatory comments. Don't read the contents if you don't like them. Spend this energy on something more productive.

Zeeshan Mar 17, 2017 03:10am

Each there such contents are discovered on YouTube or social media, ultimate result is an ostrich approach. There is ban on YouTube and students of this poor country are farther behind by several years as YouTube has became me principle mode of learning.

Shakeel Ahmed Mar 17, 2017 04:11am

PML-N are sensing something nasty is on the way and hence they are in this crusade to divert public attention and gain some sympathy.

Khurram Mar 17, 2017 06:57am

What will they do by coming to Pakistan? Why can't they view those pages sitting where they are? What will they investigate when the content is so bad that whole country is against it? This whole thing doesn't add up.

Zealot Mar 17, 2017 09:21am

Need our own Social networking website.Which gov Must Regulate it Just like Citizenship through Nadra.IT must be divided into Various catagories Like Education,Information and Technology,Journalism,Discussion and Criticism,People and Dignitaries and There they can upload and watch movies under these catagories,can Chat,Share useful content.Administration of This website can not only remove every kind of content,but also can Ban and Even Can take legal Action against those who are spreading hate speech very easily UNDER REGISTETED CNIC


MUHAMMAD FAHEEM KHAN Mar 17, 2017 09:30am

@zia hate speech is enjoying life? what a retarded point of view. now where are those who talk about tolerance.