Blasphemy is an unpardonable offence: PM

By News Desk
Pakistan's opposition leader Nawaz Sharif gestures during a news conference in Islamabad January 27, 2009. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Pakistan’s opposition leader Nawaz Sharif gestures during a news conference in Islamabad January 27, 2009. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said blasphemy is an ‘unpardonable sin’ and ordered authorities concerned to nab those responsible for posting blasphemous content on social media.

“Law enforcers should search for the people spreading blasphemous material and prosecute them under the law,” the ruling party’s Twitter account quoted the prime minister as saying.

PM Nawaz has also ordered stringent measures to be taken to stop blasphemous content from making rounds on social media.

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“Love for Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is the most valued asset for the believers,” he said, while directing authorities to nab those involved in disseminating blasphemous material.

The prime minister has ordered daily reports on the matter and further directed that international organisations should be contacted for the elimination of all blasphemous content. He said Foreign Office should also play its role in the regard, Radio Pakistan reported.

His statement came moments after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a report on the activities of four bloggers – who went missing earlier this year and resurfaced a few days later – and how they had managed to leave Pakistan.

Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered the FIA Director General Mohammad Amlesh to personally supervise the inquiry, pending before FIA, and ‘take action[s] which are necessary to achieve the objectives, strictly in accordance with law.’

Hearing a case of blasphemous material on social media, five bloggers had been accused of creating pages such as ‘Bhainsa’ ‘Mochi’ and Roshni.

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Petitioner Salman Shahid, through his lawyer Tariq Asad, had approached the IHC stating that blasphemy was being committed through the pages.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Syed Ismail Shah told the court that a number of pages containing blasphemous content had been blocked while efforts were being made to tackle the issue.

The chairman further submitted that there is a realisation of the gravity of the issue and assured the court that positive results would be achieved soon.

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