Islamabad: Pakistan`s Interior Minister
Rehman Malik on Thursday directed the authorities to block websites
and SMS "propagating an anti-Islam agenda" within 24 hours.
Malik ordered the Interior Secretary to trace all
websites that are "propagating against Islam". Cases should be
registered against persons who are involved in such acts and
are residing in Pakistan, he said.
The minister also asked the Secretary to constitute a
committee comprising representatives of the Pakistan
Telecommunications Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media
Regulatory Authority and Federal Investigation Agency to
tackle anti-Islam propaganda.
The panel should submit its report in a week, he said.
He also called on people to inform authorities about websites
that are "propagating against Islam and Pakistan".
In a separate development, Malik told reporters at
Pirpai village in northwest Pakistan that the government has
no intention of repealing or amending the blasphemy law.
Due to the "sensitivity" of the issue, people should
not play it up as the government has adopted a "categorical
stance on the subject", he said.
Malik went to Pirpai in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province
to offer condolences to the family of senior Pakistan People`s
Party leader Naseerullah Babar, who died recently.
He said the blasphemy law will be taken up with noted
clerics and religious scholars of different schools of
thoughts and the issue will be "amicably resolved".
Senior PPP leader and Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer
was gunned down on January 4 by a police guard who said he was
angered by the politician’s criticism of the blasphemy law.