Man booked on blasphemy charge

Updated 12 May 2019

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Aabpara police said the suspect had allegedly posted derogatory remarks on social media platform Facebook.  — AFP/File
Aabpara police said the suspect had allegedly posted derogatory remarks on social media platform Facebook. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: A man has been booked on the charge of blasphemy, it is learnt on Saturday.

Aabpara police said the suspect had allegedly posted derogatory remarks on social media platform Facebook.

They said the case was registered at the Aabpara police station in response to a complaint lodged by Abdul Rehman Muavia. The suspect was booked under Sections 295B (defiling, etc, of the holy Quran), 295C ( use of derogatory remarks, etc, in respect of the holy Prophet [Peace Be Upon Him] ) and 298A (use of derogatory remarks, etc, in respect of holy personages) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

According to the FIR, the suspect using a Facebook ID allegedly posted a number of derogatory remarks against holy personalities. The complainant requested legal action because the suspect had committed blasphemy and hurt the religious sentiments and feelings of Muslims. The act of the suspect also put peace and tranquility at high risk, it added.

Aabpara SHO Sub-Inspector Ghulam Rasool said investigation into the case would start soon.

The matter was referred to a senior officer to take a decision whether the investigation should be conducted by the police or transferred to the Federal Investigation Agency because it was a cybercrime.

In any case, the SHO added, FIA assistance would be required in the probe.

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2019