Court to hear petition against five bloggers
Islamabad – The Islamabad High Court will take up a petition against the five bloggers and administrations of pages on social media, allegedly involved in defiling and disgracing the names of holy personalities and places of Islam.
A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui will conduct hearing of the petition on Monday moved by a citizen Salman Shahid through his counsel Tariq Asad Advocate.
The petitioner cited Secretary Interior, Secretary Ministry of IT, Director General FIA and Chairman PTA as respondents and stated in the petition that bloggers including Professor Salman Haider and others through their blasphemous posts on Behnsa, Roshni and Mochi – all three social media pages – defiled and disrespected the holy entities of Islam.
He contended that five persons, namely Salman Haider, Ahmed Waqas Goraya, Asim Saeed, Ahmed Raza Naseer and Samar Abbas had been hosting social media pages with the titles Bhansa, Mochi and Roshni with inflammatory and blasphemous material against the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his companions. They also drew sketch of the holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and uttered blasphemous things about the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, wives (Azwaje Mutaharat) and sacred book of Quran as well as Allah Almighty. He argued that the blasphemous material in the form of writings, sketches and videos are being floated on social media pages but the respondents are taking no notice of it to block that material nor any action is being taken by the respondent no 3 due to the influence of respondent no 1, it is therefore expedient to pass orders by this court to all the respondents in this regard accordingly as per law.
The petitioner prayed to the court to direct the respondents to block the pages on the social media, namely ‘bhansa’, ‘Machar’ and others similar pages and IDs containing the blasphemous words, sketches and videos against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), his companions, wives (Azwaje Mutaharat) and sacred book of Quran as well as God Almighty.
He further requested the court to restrain respondent no 1 from putting undue influence upon respondent no 3 to inquire and investigate by the aid of NRCCC as to who are the actual culprits committing blasphemy and initiate proceedings against them in this regard in accordance with law.