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Blasphemous content online: IHC sends four to jail on remand

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ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday sent four men, who are facing charges of posting blasphemous content on social media, to jail on judicial remand till May 4. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) produced the suspects before ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi and said they were no longer needed for a physical remand. FIA officials told the judge that […]


Man arrested for bid to blackmail ex-wife through social media

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The Federal Investigation Agency’s Cyber Crime Circle arrested a man on Wednesday for allegedly blackmailing his former wife by uploading objectionable pictures on social media websites. The spokesman for the FIA Sindh said the arrest followed an investigation which was initiated after a complainant said that a heinous crime was being committed against the modesty […]


Mardan incident was ‘political lynching’ by social media

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ISLAMABAD: The ‘freedom’ afforded by social media had descended into a free-fall of trading serious allegations culminating into the ‘political lynching’ of a journalism student in Mardan last week. This was the view shared by panelists in a session on ‘Social Media: New Strategies for creativity and change’ on the third and final day of the […]


Fake profile statuses go viral on Facebook in K-P after Mashal Khan murder

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PESHAWAR: In the wake of Mashal Khan’s horrific mob murder, which stemmed from rumors that he had been posting ‘blasphemous content’ online, some panicked social media users have taken to Facebook to inform friends to keep a lookout for fake profiles in their name – just as Khan had done in December. The status, “I don’t have […]


Cyber victims

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The first helpline set up for victims of cyber harassment in the country reminds us that the risks presented to users over the internet are growing by the day. The Lahore-based Digital Rights Foundation has stated it received 537 individual complaints over its helpline since it was set up on Dec 1, 2016. Sixty-two percent of […]


Nisar told not to spare anyone spreading blasphemous content

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday told Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan not to spare anyone involved in spreading blasphemous content on the internet and social media. During a meeting with the interior minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Sharif said: “Ensure that all perpetrators are brought to justice, without any exceptions.” […]


Upholding Prophet’s respect duty of all Muslims: Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday that upholding the Holy Prophet’s respect was not only a religious duty of countries linked to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) but Muslims across the world. He urged Muslims to convey their sentiments and express their reservations at all international forums and called for formulating […]


Blasphemous contents on social media: FIA initiates probe against NGOs funding disallowed publication

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Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has initiated investigation against the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which are allegedly financing/ funding for promotion/publication of blasphemous contents on social media. “The FIA has arrested four persons allegedly involved in spreading blasphemous contents on social media and currently they are on physical remand,” revealed Deputy Director FIA Nauman Ashraf, while briefing […]


PPF concerned over the massive crackdown on Belarusian media

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Andrei Kobyakov , Prime Minister Republic of Belarus, expressed serious concern over the raid on independent broadcaster Belsat TV in Minsk, detained one employee, a videographer on March 25 and the massive crackdown on media . PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Belarus, […]


‘PTA lacks manpower, resources to monitor online content’

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told a Senate committee on Wednesday that it lacked the human and financial resources to monitor and control objectionable content online. Instead, PTA Chairman Dr. Ismail Shah stressed the need for developing better relations with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to ensure better monitoring and […]


Bring back bloggers, IHC orders FIA

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to bring back the bloggers – who went missing in January and left Pakistan after their ‘recovery’– and to initiate a legal action against them if there is any evidence about their committing blasphemy on social media. In its three-page summary judgment on […]


Social media team to visit Islamabad next month

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ISLAMABAD –  Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf on Thursday said that a team comprising representatives of social media websites including Facebook and Twitter will visit Islamabad next month to discuss issues relating to blasphemous contents. Addressing a Press conference flanked by Minister of State for Religious Affairs Peer Amin ul Hassanat, here, he […]


‘PTA be allowed to block all objectionable websites’

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ISLAMABAD: The ministry of religious affairs asked security agencies concerned on Thursday to allow Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all websites containing blasphemous, anti-state and/or objectionable content as soon as possible. The request was forwarded during an inter-ministerial meeting here. An official, who attended the meeting, said that the meeting was attended by officials of […]


Blocking social media is no solution: IHC

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Monday while hearing petitions against blasphemous contents on social media said that blocking of social media in view of blasphemous content was not a solution. Appearing before the bench, the government contended that over 85 percent of blasphemous content had been removed […]