Petition for Closure of Facebook in Pakistan Filed in High Court

A petition has been filed in Islamabad High Court with a plea to temporarily ban Facebook in the country till blasphemous content is fully and permanently blocked.

The petition, filed by Civil Society, cited media reports about blasphemous content on Facebook and other social media websites that are accessible in Pakistan.

Petition cited Chairman PTA, who had given a statement before the Honorary Court earlier this month, that they had closed the pages of blasphemous material whereas such material in the form of writings, sketches and videos is still being posted on Facebook continuously against the Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H), Suhab-e-Kram, his wives (Azwaje Mutaharat) and Sacred book of Quran-e-Pak as well as God Almighty.

Petition further said that Chairman stated that it was not feasible to block such material unless it was informed and indicated by the public sector that new pages had been opened.

Chairman PTA was quoted as saying that it might take about three weeks to close blasphemous pages as they did not have sufficient equipment to do the job.

Petitioner said that if PTA is unable to close the pages within reasonable time (as it may take few weeks to do it), it is beyond the patience of the Muslim Umma because it means that blasphemous pages and IDs etc would stay online.

Petitioner, in the view of above situation, pleaded with the honorable court that until PTA ensures the blockade of all blasphemous content and until it does so, Facebook and other social media websites should be closed.