Lahore: A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the country`s media regulator to bar cable operators from airing films and dramas based on the life of prophets in the wake of worldwide protests over a video deemed offensive to Islam.
Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan of the Lahore High Court passed the order in response to a petition filed by the Aalmi Majlis Tuhaffuz-e-Khatam Nubawat, which asked the court to act against authorities for not blocking internet links to blasphemous material, including the anti-Islam movie.
The court further directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to take steps to stop the sale of CDs on the life of prophets.
The judge issued notices to the Secretaries for the Establishment Division and Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and Chairman of PEMRA to respond to the petition by October 5.
The petitioner`s counsel argued that the anti-Islam film and other blasphemous material available on the internet was an attempt to malign the status of the Prophet.
He said such matters hurt the feeling of Muslims in Pakistan and across the world.
Though the government formed an inter-ministerial committee to address the issue, the blasphemous material was still available on the internet.
The petitioner contended that producing and showing films on the life of all prophets was equivalent to contempt.
He claimed CDs of such films were available in the market and the movies were being aired on cable television.
The court adjourned the matter till October 5 and asked the Deputy Attorney General to submit a report by that date.