Islamabad High Court directs government to put blasphemers on ECL

Islamabad High Court directs government to put blasphemers on ECL
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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the government to register cases against alleged blasphemers running social media pages and put their names on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said on Wednesday that suspected blasphemers should be placed on the ECL, lest they attempt to flee and escape legal proceedings under the country’s law.

The IHC judge issued directions to “eliminate this [the blasphemous content]” and for “persons responsible be booked in criminal cases under the relevant provisions of law”.

He opined that ‘extremist’ liberal and secular segments of society were far more dangerous than religious fundamentalists. Justice Siddiqui said material available and shown to the officials inside the chamber revealed that the culprits have attributed “malicious and disgusting” things to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

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