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SC asked to check Internet pornography

Islamabad: The Lawyer, who had approached the Lahore High Court against website Face book for publishing blasphemous contents which led to a few weeks ban, has now knocked at the doors of Supreme Court against pornography on the Internet.

Azhar Siddiqui, Advocate Supreme Court, has filed a petition in the apex court quoting a Colum written by Ansar Abbasi, Editor Investigation, The News, Islamabad, on phonographic, obscene and nude web-site/channels.
The petitioner has pleaded that Pakistan figures among the frequent users of immoral and unhealthy effects, many other Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia, etc. have permanently banned such website in their countries, therefore, our Government too should ban such websites.

According to Article 2 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, Islam bas been declared as the State Religion of Pakistan and any act contrary to the injunctions of Islam is to be curbed with an iron had. Article 31(1) of the Constitution makes it obligatory for the Government to provide an atmosphere to the citizens where they may spend their lives according to the commandments contained in the Holy Quran and practically adopted by the Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him). That not only the Muslim Countries but our neighboring country China has found a way for blockage of such abominable site and that if the said sites are not permanently banned, our society is bound to face total disaster.

The petition went on: “it is further prayed that appropriate directions may be given to the concerned authorities to this effect that no material with respect to pornography, obscenity, nudism is published, displayed =, visualized or aired in Pakistan.

“It is further prayed that the federal and provincial government(s), be directed to establish a permanent authority, having legal status to monitor such activities, suggest remedies, make representations, form international and Muslim community councils for the purpose of raising voice against pornography and obscenity and demand that such websites be banned forever in Pakistan. They should further ensure that airing and visualizing pornographic content may be decaled a cognizable offence at corporate level.

“In the interest of justice and in order to protect the injunctions of Islam, Government of Pakistan may be directed to agitate the matter at the forums of United Nations Organizations, Organization of Islamic Countries and International Court of Justice,” the petition concluded.
Source: Bisiness Recorder
Date:8/4/2011