Blasphemy contents: IHC issues notice to Secretary Interior

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued notices to Secretary Interior in a plea challenging blasphemous contents, being spread by some individuals on Youtube and Facebook accounts, for October 3.

Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the respondents to submit reply of the petition till next date of hearing in a plea moved by a citizen Shoaib Safdar.

The petitioner alleged that a person namely, Mohammad Ibrahim Qadri and a non-Muslim were spreading blasphemous contents making accounts on the Facebook adding the accused also launched a channel on Youtube for said purpose.

He informed the bench that petitioner approached Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) complaining the act of the accused, but claimerd that no action was taken by the authorities till date.

He contended that the authorities including the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) had failed to comply with the earlier court orders for blocking pages or websites containing blasphemous material on the social media.

He requested the bench seeking directions for authorities for blockage of blasphemous pages on social media.

The bench after going through the arguments issued notices to the respondents and adjourned the case till October 3.

The petitioner has cited Secretary Ministry of Interior, Secretary Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MOIT), Federal Investigation Agency, PTA and others as respondents.