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Govt may face hitch in passing bill unanimously

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ISLAMABAD –  The government may not manage to unanimously pass ‘The (Twenty-Eight amendment) Bill 2017 and ‘Pakistan Army (Amendment) Act Bill 2017’ today (Tuesday) to reinstate military courts, as some lawmakers opposed the proposed law during the Monday’s National Assembly session. Both coalition partners of the government, the JUI-F and the PkMAP have also set conditions […]


President ratifies Hindu marriage law

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LAHORE: In order to provide greater legal rights to Hindu families, President Mamnoon Hussain signed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2017 into law on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday. According to a statement issued by the president’s office, the law aims to protect the marriage, the family, the mother, and child and also […]


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. […]


Govt will do all to end blasphemy: Nisar

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Thursday said culprits of blasphemy were the enemies of humanity and will be dealt with firmly and ultimately. The government was fully prepared to take strict action against blasphemers and the whole nation stands with the government in this fight, he said this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of […]


Blasphemy is an unpardonable offence: PM

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that blasphemy is an ‘unpardonable sin’ and ordered authorities concerned to nab those responsible for posting such content on social media. “Law enforcers should search for the people spreading blasphemous material and prosecute them under the law,” a statement quoted him as saying on Tuesday.The prime minister also ordered […]


False blasphemy accusation is a serious crime: IHC

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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court on Monday directed FIA director general to submit a report how some bloggers who allegedly committed blasphemous and anti-state activities on social media managed to leave Pakistan. The court directed the Federal Investigation Agency chief to personally supervise the inquiry and take action strictly in accordance with the law. […]


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 […]


Senators urge parliament’s role in exposing elements behind incidents

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ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the Senate on Monday called on parliament to play its role in unearthing the elements behind the mysterious disappearances and equally mysterious reappearances of the bloggers. Through a joint motion PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar and Usman Khan Kakar of PkMAP on the mysterious disappearances of bloggers urged the Chairman Senate Mian Raza […]


Procedural changes in blasphemy laws proposed

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ISLAMABAD: As the blasphemy cases and laws are again being discussed in the country, Parliament has been advised by a human rights watchdog to make procedural changes in the blasphemy laws with addition of repentance to avoid their misuse. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in its report on the blasphemy laws presented in […]


Senate slams blasphemous content on social media

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ISLAMABAD: The Sen­ate unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution condemning the blasphemous content circulating on social media and seeking exemplary punishment for those behind it. The resolution asked the government to act under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code against those uploading the objectionable material on social media. The government was also asked to […]


Last chance to govt for reply on Pemra chief’s selection

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday gave a final opportunity to the federal government to file its reply on a petition challenging appointment of journalist Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). As the court resumed hearing, a deputy attorney general appeared on behalf of the government and sought […]


FIR lodged against unknown blasphemers on IHC order

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ISLAMABAD: On the directions of Islamabad High Court (IHC) to initiate legal action against the blasphemers on social media, Ramna Police Station has lodged an FIR against unknown persons involved in creating pages like Bhainsa, Mochi and Roshni. The FIR produced before the court has been lodged on the complaint of SHO Ramna police station […]


NA passes landmark bill to recognise, register marriages of Hindu families

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 to recognise and register the marriages among Hindu families by local governments. The bill moved by Minister for Human Rights, Kamran Michael, provides for solemnisation of marriages by Hindu families and for matters ancillary and incidental, thereto. The bill has already been passed […]