Pakistan Approaches Facebook, US Govt to Nab Blasphemers

Minister for Interior, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said that Facebook administration has been asked to cooperate in tracing the criminals behind the blasphemy while cooperation from the United States Administration was also being sought through US Embassy in Pakistan in this regard.

Minister said culprits of blasphemy were enemies of humanity and those responsible for this intolerable act will be dealt with iron hands and brought to book.

Nisar said that the ministry would go to any length to catch the culprits responsible for advertising such content on the social media. The process would not be conducted at expense of someone innocent, he asserted and said that several posts on the social media platforms have been blocked.

The government was fully prepared to take strict action against blasphemers and whole nation stands with the government in this fight, he said this while addressing an inaugural ceremony of Facilitation Center, established by Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration in Islamabad.

The facilities such as international driving license, computerized domicile and some others would be provided at this one window Centre.

Ch Nisar said the government was making efforts to prevent blasphemous material on social media and in this regard mentioned meetings with officials of Ministry of Information Technology and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), adding majority of such sites have been blocked.

Meanwhile, he said Facebook administration has been asked to cooperate in tracing the criminals behind the blasphemy while cooperation from the United States Administration was also being sought through US Embassy in Pakistan in this regard.

The Minister also urged the international community to have broad consultations on the issue of blasphemy as it has become a critical matter for the world. Social media sites should cooperate to prevent uploading of any blasphemous content, he added.

At the same time, Ch. Nisar asked all Muslims countries to practice unity against sordid conspiracies against Islam as the matter of blasphemy hurts feelings of all Muslims worldwide.

“Ridiculing a religion in the name of freedom of expression should not be allowed,” he said, adding that intelligence agencies were investigating to identify elements involved in blasphemous activities.

He said eleven people, who posted their comments on the blasphemous sites have already been identified and process of their investigation has started. Concerned authorities were also in contact with Interpol to interrogate some people abroad.

The Minister said every option will be used to remove blasphemous material from Facebook and other social media websites under the directions of Prime Minister.

Nisar said a senior officer at Embassy of Pakistan in Washington has been given responsibility to speed up efforts to get required information from Facebook management. Besides that, services of prominent and internationally known lawyer were also being hired to get legal opinion on the matter.


  • Usman Ahmed

    گستاخانہ پیجز چلانے والے پاکستان میں بیٹھے رہے۔ ان کے خلاف کوئی کاروائی نہیں ہوئی۔ اپنے حصے کا کام کیا نہیں۔ اب فیس بک سے رابطہ کرکے یہ ثابت کریں گے کہ ہمارے اختیار میں کچھ نہیں۔

    • guest

      BAN facebook.Hamara emaan hamarey liye zyda ahem hai na kay facebook aur Akherat main Allah ko kia jawab dey gay hum?

      • Shahid Saleem

        How will banning Facebook help your emaan?

    • Hashmi

      ہر چیز کا ایک قانونی طریقہ کار ہوتا ہے۔ تعصب کی عینک ہٹا کر دیکھیں تو یہ اقدام بالکل درست ہے۔ گھر بیٹھ کر نعرے لگانا یا فیسبک پر پابندی لگا دینا اس مسئلے کا مستقل حل نہیں اور نہ ہی اس طریقے سے کوئی حل نکالا جا سکتا ہے۔

  • Bilal Malik

    ‘Hurts the feelings of all Muslims worldwide’
    Since when did we all become 12 year old girls?

    Why not just ignore it? The amount of people that badmouth jews, or christians or atheists everyday? That’s fine? But the second some goof goes and makes an anti-islamic page, we all must ‘nab’ the blasphemers? Can we stop taking such a backwards approach to such things?

    Just ignore and forget about it. Whoever is running those so-called pages (which I’ve never seen), can keep on wasting their time running them and we can go on with our lives.

    Now, I expect a bunch of triggered maulvis to reply back calling me an infidel, do that if you will, but it won’t help, and will just make you look worse.

    If you want people to think we’re peace loving muslims, then we’ll just stay calm and behave calmly about this whole situation.

    Cheers

    • Usman Ahmed

      No, we can’t ignore it. just like we can’t ignore terrorist’s attacks. It they attack, we attack them back so they couldn’t do it again. These blasphemers must be punished.

      • Shahid Saleem

        Ok, how do you plan to punish them? If a blasphemer who lives whole life in Poland or some place like that, how will you punish them when they upload to Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or WhatsApp or Viber or Youtube or Flickr or imgur or reddit or …

        You have no practical answer.

    • Guest

      Do you want to get killed? Because that’s how you get killed.

      • Bilal Malik

        Second last paragraph. Posted that for a reason.

        So when one wants to make peace and not cause violence, you end up getting killed? Nice.

    • Imam Bux

      Exactly, this sort of content gains attention or gets noticed after we respond. Simple as that, we can not stop this, deal with it! They will pinch us and the person gets to be hurt is only Muslim and Islam at the first place.

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  • Babar Mirza

    Than, why have ch. Nisaar released the accused without investigation on external pressure?

  • Eli Ehsan

    Good. Now please lock that Burqa-led mulla & his cult as well.. Oh wait.. You’re one of ’em too……. #WarrGaye