Lahore: Pakistani police on Tuesday
registered a case against the US-based administration of
Facebook for featuring blasphemous cartoons of Prophet
Mohammed on the social networking website.
The case was registered in Civil Lines police station
in Lahore under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code,
which carries a punishment of life imprisonment or the death
Information about the filing of the case was provided
by Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik to the Lahore
High Court, which is hearing a case related to the hosting of
blasphemous caricatures on Facebook.
Malik did not explain to the court as how Pakistani
police would proceed against the US-based owners and
management of Facebook.
Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code states:
"Whoever by words, either spoken or written or by visible
representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or
insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name
of the Holy Prophet Mohammed shall be punished with death, or
imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable to fine."
Malik further informed Justice Ijaz Chaudhry that
according to the court`s direction, the Pakistani ambassador
to the United Nations had presented a resolution in the
General Assembly which stated that the people of Pakistan were
hurt by the publication and promotion of the blasphemous
cartoons on Facebook.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority too
informed the court that a special committee has been
constituted to monitor all websites, including Facebook.
Justice Chaudhry, on whose orders Facebook was
banned by Pakistani authorities for about two weeks, remarked
that the PTA should block any objectionable site and not wait
for public complaints as "it is a very serious matter for
The judge subsequently adjourned the proceedings till
July 9. The case related to Facebook was taken up by the High
Court after a group of lawyers sought a permanent ban on the
website for hosting the blasphemous cartoons.