Facebook Has Removed 85% Blasphemous Content: Interior Ministry

Interior Ministry informed the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday that Facebook has been removing blasphemous content on Pakistan’s request.

Interior Secretary Arif Khan said in his report that the social networking site had responded to the ministry’s letter, and already removed 85 percent of the blasphemous content.

Mr Khan further revealed that three suspects had been taken into custody as part of the online blasphemy probe. Two of them were directly involved in posting blasphemous material that had also been discovered from their laptops and cell phones by law enforcers. A joint interrogation team is looking further into the matter.

Suspending Facebook in Pakistan, Mr Khan reiterated, is not the solution to the problem, especially since Facebook has been cooperating with the government. Facebook had earlier decided to send a delegation to Pakistan to investigate the content deemed blasphemous.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Chairman Ismael Shah said in court that a 25-member team has been searching blasphemous content online, and that action has been taken against 40 such pages.

IHC Chief Justice Shaukat Siddiqui, in his remarks, praised the government for hosting a meeting of 27 ambassadors from Muslim countries in which a strategy was proposed for dealing with blasphemous content on social media. However, he inquired as to why the ambassador of the country where the offence originated, was not invited. The Interior Secretary responded that Pakistan’s embassy in Washington was taking the matter further there.

Juctice Siddiqui also voiced displeasure over the lack of other ministries in pursuing this matter.

“Where are IT expert[s], Ahsan Iqabal, Minister for Religious Affairs? The entire government has left the job to Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan,” Justice Siddiqui was quoted as saying.

He also ordered IT Minister Anusha Rehman to appear before court and explain why the issue had not been resolved yet.

The hearing of the case will resume on March 31.

via Dawn / Samaa


  • Rashid Rasheed

    Is there any official statement from facebook?

    • Geek At Large

      From the same article:

      “Facebook management had also decided to send a delegation to Pakistan for investigating content which the government considers to be blasphemous.”

      “Facebook administration has been blocking illegal blasphemous content on Pakistan’s request and 85 per cent of such material on the social networking site has already been removed.”

      Pakistani ruling elite doing what it does the best. They have no power or leverage over Facebook so they are making up lies to cover their behinds. Facebook can buy whole Pakistan. Twice.

      • Bilal Majeed

        bahi jaan Propakistani pay Religion aur Islam ka ilawa bhi articles hotay hein unpar bhi comments karliya kro :P
        Lagta hai Geeky bahi aap nay aur @Walker1604:disqus nay Propakistani join hi sirf Pakistan aur Islam ko badnaam karnay kay liye kiya hai
        jahan bhi Pakistan ki burrai ho aap ka comment lazmi..Yar developments articles par bhi comment krdiya kro nahi paisaa jaatey……….yar had hoti hai :P
        Itni hi iss country say nafrat hai toh chod kyun nahi deytay…………ohhh par phir jaogay kahan kyun kay roozi bhi toh yahi Mulk deyta hai :{ :(
        Facebook can buy Pakistan twice lololololol…….how??????????
        Kindly apnay facts and stats bhi kabhi theek karliya krien
        Fb net woth is $68billion
        Pakistan gdp= $300billion nominal +one of the worlds largest coal and copper fields and 500mn tn reserves of Iron ore+ a rapidly developing economy,etc
        Still comparing lol :P :P

        • Muhammed Ovais Alam

          Dunia ek explosion se bani thi aur insaan pehle bandar tha.
          Jab ye ho skta hai to FB Pakistan, India aur pora Asia khareed skta hai.

          • Shahid Saleem

            “aur insaan pehle bandar tha.”

            not true. best science theories of our time say humans and apes had COMMON ANCESTOR, not that humans are evolved from apes. such an ancestor called “missing link” has not been located yet.

            check your facts.

            • Muhammed Ovais Alam

              You can’t handle sarcasm.
              Bhai kabhi ‘Main tumharay against’ ho k mindset se niklo ge to shayad kuch nazar aana shuru ho.

  • محمّد آصف قاسم نثار رضا قادری

    ماشاءاللّه
    سبحان اللّه

  • Arham Ali

    Is it true??????

  • Arham Ali

    IF so then its really good.

  • Ahmad

    ProPakistani sub kuch waisy hi chal raha hai, PTA ne kuch page aur Group Block/Hide kiye hain.Lol proxy/vpn laga kar check karo..

  • Mainichi

    What about the rest of the internet? When is all of the internet going to be blocked?

  • Salman Haider

    بلاسفیمس پیجز اور گروپس کے لوگوں کا کہنا ہے کہ پہلے تو ہم پر ثابت کیا جائے کہ ہم کس طرح اسلام کی توہین کر رہے ہیں. ہم تو صرف قرآن و حدیث کے ہی حوالے پیش کر رہے ہیں کہ دیکھو مسلمانوں کے مقدس کتابوں میں ایسی باتیں موجود ہیں جس سے اسلام اور مسلمانوں کی بدنامی ہو رہی ہے. ہم اپنی طرف سے تو اس میں کچھ شامل نہیں کرتے. اب اگر اس بات پر مسلمان ناراض ہوتے ہیں تو اس میں ہمارا کیا قصور ہے اور مسلمان ہمیں لعن طعن کیوں کر رہے ہیں. اب یہ بات ہمارے مسلمانوں کےلمحہ فکریہ بھی ہے اور اس کا ایک پرامن حل تلاش کرنے کی اشد ضرورت ہے.

    • umar

      Bhai kya ap bata sakte hai books mien aisi kon c baten hain jin se muslimano ki badnami ho rhi ha

    • Muhammed Ovais Alam

      baray arse baad bhai aap ne koi ‘sane’ comment kia hai.
      * Sane aisay k ismain koi ‘nafrat’ zaahir nahi ki Islam ya Pakistan se.

      Ye kin logoun ne kaha hai zara reference dena pasand krainge aap?

  • If I am right; they will not remove contents but will hide the contents for our region!