PM to Face Contempt of Court Notice If No Progress Against Blasphemous Content: IHC

Islamabad High Court (IHC) has warned that if court’s orders are not complied with in removal of  blasphemous content from social media then contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against Prime Minister (PM), federal ministers and bureaucrats.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui heard the case on blasphemous content on social media today.

Special secretary interior, Furquan, appeared on behalf of the federal government while Tariq Asad advocate represented the petitioner.

Special secretary interior told the court that a committee comprising representatives of ministry of religious affairs, ministry of law and ministry of information technology has been constituted under the directives of PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.

This committee is working out recommendations with regard to blocking of blasphemous content on social media. The recommendations from the committee during its two previous meetings have been approved by the cabinet.

The learned judge, while expressing displeasure over the reply of the interior secretary, remarked legislation is enacted within a day to protect an incompetent person then why is government using dirty tactics on the issue of removal of blasphemous content from social media.

The court ordered the government to implement its March 31 order by December 22.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui remarked that non-implementation of court’s verdict is beyond comprehension. If the court’s decision is not implemented by December 22 then contempt of court proceedings will be initiated against the PM and ministers. Government has done nothing on implementation of court’s decision regarding Namoos-e- Risalat (S.A.W.W).

Special interior secretary said that the committee meeting will be convened and the court’s decision will be implemented soon.

The court, while giving time to government, remarked that legislation should be enacted for blocking social media pages posting blasphemous content and reports to be filed before contempt of court notices are issued to the PM, federal ministers and bureaucrats.


  • Xahid

    Ye PMAL-N hai, apne Noon ko bachane k liaye saare Ganjay ek din akhtay ho k Ayin main tarmeen kar k bacha liya, lakin Hazrat Mohammad ﷺ ki shaan in k nazdeek kuch nahi.

    Allah in Zaleelon ko mazeed ruswaa kare.

    • Hamae ISRAEL Se Nahi Hamae Apne He Logo Se Khatra hai :

  • Shahid Saleem

    This ignorant judge will doom the internet in Pakistan, and everyone is blind when they support him.

    If the problem is blasphemy uploaded from outside Pakistan, no Pakistani government has the authority to deal with it. They can only block sites. If the problem is blasphemy uploaded from inside Pakistan, the only thing the government can do is make everyone’s internet access weaker, they cannot block such uploads.

    THERE IS NO TECHNICAL SOLUTION TO A SOCIAL OR MORAL PROBLEM LIKE THIS.

    Today I found out from reddit that urbandictionary is blocked for some ISP. LOL. How much better off am I today because of that?

    • hatib has returned

      true

  • Islamabad High Court should be renamed Islamic High Court. Why does Punjab have two High Courts? Islamabad High Court and Lahore High Court. There should be one Punjab High Court. As for blasphemy is a sin, not a crime. The Mullahs have overstayed their welcome, the blasphemy must go. The people have never voted for mullahs in a free and fair elections. The mullahs are the underclass of society their only job is conduct prayers and are called to perform nikah. They have no higher purpose in life. No one likes.them Only the dictator General Zia gave them the opportunity to enjoy some power. From then emerged the scumbag Tahir-ul-Qadri who introduced the blasphemy law, escaped to Canada when Zia was no more, he was afraid he would be lynched for being responsible for the death of so many people on account of blasphemy.
    People prefer to keep religion in their homes and not make any public display of it. The day is not far when all these mullahs would be rounded up by their beards and buried in mass graves

    • Shahid Saleem

      Islamabad is not part of Punjab. It is a separate entity. That is why there is IHC.

      And for your imformation sins can be crimes. Is murder a sin? Yes. Is murder a crime? Also yes.

  • A law which is unjust, violates human rights and privacy can be changed by parliament. When something ceases to be a law, the court cannot do anything.