LHC seeks answer on case against Facebook
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered on Tuesday the Information Technology Ministry and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority to file their reply on a petition seeking a permanent ban on social networking website Facebook for posting “a blasphemous contest”.
Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry sought a reply from the respondent authorities by Aug 4 while hearing a petition filed by the Judicial Activism Panel.
The panel through its chairman, Muhammad Azhar Siddique, contended that the website had already faced an interim ban in the country to hold contest of drawing blasphemous caricatures.
The website again announced contest ‘Everybody Burn Quran Day’ and also displayed “blasphemous” pictures of Muslim’s holiest place, Kaaba.
The petitioner prayed that access to the website be permanently blocked in Pakistan for its “objectionable, offensive and blasphemous caricatures of Muslim’s holy places”. He also prayed to the court to initiate a contempt of court proceedings against the owners of the website and they be punished accordingly.
He demanded that the authorities in Pakistan be directed that no material with respect to blasphemy of any religion or Ka’aba be published, displayed, visualized or aired in the country.