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UN to be moved on blasphemous content on social media

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ISLAMABAD: A meeting of ambassadors of the Islamic countries held on Friday with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in the chair decided to raise the issue of blasphemous content on social media in the United Nations. The meeting was convened by the interior minister on one-point agenda i.e. to discuss the blasphemous content on […]


Petition against bloggers filed on basis of news in media, IHC told

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Wednesday while hearing petitions against blasphemous contents on social media said that this issue could affect security and integrity of Pakistan. The Ministry of Interior secretary sought some time for submitting a detailed report while the IHC bench said that the court, […]


Social media: Govt to gag opponents in guise of ban on blasphemous contents?

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ISLAMABAD: The move to block social media in the country ostensibly to end access to blasphemous contents on the web pages is largely viewed as the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) tactic to impose curbs on its critics who actively use Facebook and twitter. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was the first who reacted […]


The war against online

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JUDGES run amok, politicians moralising, the state crusading. It’s like they all had an epiphany — at the same time, on the same issue. What’s happening? With so many different strands, some random, several opportunistic, and the mixing of the old with the new, a coherent tale is hard to find. But zoom out a […]


IHC wants blasphemy, pornography sections added to cybercrime law

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the authorities concerned on Friday to include sections related to blasphemy and pornography in the Cyber Crimes Act. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui noted that two important aspects – blasphemy and pornography – have not specifically been mentioned in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016. He subsequently directed the […]


Facebook delegation to visit Pakistan to address blasphemous content reservations

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ISLAMABAD: Popular social networking website Facebook on Thursday said it would send a team to Pakistan to help resolve the country’s reservations over ‘blasphemous and objectionable’ material on its web pages. An interior ministry spokesperson said that the Facebook management was aware of Pakistan’s reservations and wanted to resolve the issue through mutual consultation and dialogue. […]


Concern over statements to try politician under cyber crime law

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Lahore: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced grave concern over government representatives’ statements regarding trying a key political leader under the cyber crime law. The commission also expressed alarm over some parliamentarians seeking to malign the country’s leading human rights defender. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the commission said: “HRCP is […]


Filters can’t help block 100pc objectionable contents: PTA

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ISLAMABAD: Though the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) claims to have proposed installation of filters to the Information Technology and Telecommunication Ministry, the ministry denies having received any such proposal. A spokesperson for the IT Ministry, Saghir Ahmed Wattoo, told Business Recorder that the ministry has not received any such proposal, besides even filters cannot block […]


NA, Punjab PA call for blocking blasphemous links

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: The National Assembly (NA) and the Punjab provincial assembly (PA) on Monday resolved that blasphemous links on internet be removed. The NA, while strongly condemning the appearance of blasphemous material on the social media, unanimously passed a resolution for constitution of a special committee of the House to look into the matter. The 10-member […]


Digital Pakistan

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AS you read this, a revolutionary shift is happening in the way the world works, with economies across the planet going digital fast. A country’s progress in digital transformation is measured using the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) framework. While ‘technology’ has become a buzzword and everybody intuitively knows that technology is good, it’s not […]


NA flays circulation of blasphemous material

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a joint resolution unanimously to condemn circulation of blasphemous material on social media and urged the government to take necessary measures to curb it. The House also authorised Speaker National Assembly to constitute a 10-member committee comprising members from all parliamentary parties to discuss the issue and propose […]


People to decide on social media drive against PM: minister

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said that the people would decide about the vilification campaign against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family on social media. She slammed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) for running a vilification campaign against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in […]


IHC judge offers himself for open trial before SJC

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ISLAMABAD: Hearing the petition seeking removal of blasphemous content from social media, a Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge on Monday dispelled the impression that the case in anyway was linked with a reference pending against him in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). He said he was ready to face an open trial even in the […]


PM’s son-in-law wants ban on social media

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ISLAMABAD: Issues of blasphemous content on social media and recent incidents of mysterious disappearances of some bloggers once again resonated in both houses of parliament on Monday but with different tone and notes. The upper house took the matter after a motion was moved by two opposition senators whereas it was taken up through points of […]