Block blasphemous material on social media: Pak court

Source: Times of India

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court on Tuesday directed authorities to take immediate steps to block “blasphemous material” on social media websites and sought a detailed response within 20 days.

A division bench of the Peshawar high court headed by Chief Justice Dost Muhammad issued the order in response to a petition filed by a lawyer named Arif Khan.

The judges said authorities should takeimmediate measures to block blasphemous and disputed material on social media websites.

The Chief Justice observed that anti-Islam material on social media websites incite religious sentiments and “cause chaos in society”.

They also issued notices to officials of the interior ministry, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and other departments, seeking detailed replies on the issue within 20 days.

It could not immediately be ascertained which websites the judgeswanted the authorities to act against.

YouTube, the popular video sharing website, has been banned in Pakistan since last year over the hosting of clips of an anti-Islam movie.