Pak govt taking steps to block anti-Islamic websites, LHC told

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 19:23

Lahore: With Facebook and several other
websites allegedly featuring blasphemous material against
Prophet Mohammed and the Quran, the Pakistan government has
informed a court here that all required steps are being taken
to block objectionable and anti-Islamic portals.



The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and
Information Technology Ministry are blocking all internet
websites that feature blasphemous material, Deputy Attorney
General Naveed Inayat Malik told the Lahore High Court
yesterday.
After Malik gave this assurance on behalf of the
federal government, Chief Justice Ijaz Chaudhry disposed of
petitions seeking a ban on Facebook and several other
websites.



An inter-ministerial committee is screening websites to
block access to blasphemous and anti-Islamic material, Malik
said.
The Chief Justice told Malik that the inter-ministerial
committee should keep the High Court`s Additional Registrar
informed of its operations and the steps taken against
objectionable websites.



He observed that if the PTA and the Information
Technology Ministry fail to fulfil their responsibilities, the
petitioners would be free to approach the court again.



Responding to an application seeking the registration of
a First Information Report against the owners of Facebook for
allegedly committing blasphemy, the Chief Justice said police
should investigate the matter and dispose of the matter under
the law.



The petitions were filed by lawyer Muhammad Azhar
Siddique and the Islamic Lawyers Forum.



The Lahore High Court had briefly banned Facebook last
year for allegedly featuring blasphemous material.



PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 19:23

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