Islamabad High Court asks government to block all social media if necessary

Islamabad High Court asks government to block all social media if necessary
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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to eliminate access to blasphemous content on social media , even if it means blocking all access to social media platforms.

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, while ordering the interior minister to appear in person before the court on Wednesday (today) in the case pertaining to blasphemous pages on social media , observed that he expected that the minister “take some steps in his own supervision to eliminate the evil, even at the cost of blocking the entirety social media”.

“Due to the delicacy, importance and seriousness of the issue,” Justice Siddiqui stated, “Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, be directed to appear in person tomorrow”. The direction was issued after the interior secretary failed to appear in favour of another official engagement.

“It is shameful that delicate and sensitive matters remained unattended by the executive of the country,” Justice Siddiqui noted while wiping tears from his eyes.

He compared blasphemers to “terrorists”, justifying the comparison by asking what else could be worse than such acts.

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