Petition in Pak court seeking ban on anti-Islam film
Lahore: A petition has been filed in a Pakistani court seeking an immediate ban on access to an anti-Islam film on the internet, even as authorities said all links featuring the controversial video that has sparked violent protests across the Muslim nations have been blocked.
The petition filed by one Shoaib Ahmad said the blasphemous film `Innocence of Muslims` was produced by "Zionists" and circulated on the web.
He said it was the duty of Pakistani authorities to block access to links hosting the movie.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, Interior Ministry, Science and Technology Ministry, Religious Affairs Ministry, Council of Islamic Ideology and the Punjab Police chief were named as respondents in the petition.
Ahmad claimed the respondents had "miserably failed" to discharge their duties.
He asked the court to direct them to immediately block access to the film on the internet.
However, the PTA has already issued orders for blocking all links featuring the controversial video that has triggered violent protests across the Muslim world.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik said yesterday all links featuring the film had been blocked.
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