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Pakistan NA body to probe blasphemous content online

News Agencies | Updated on: 15 March 2017, 10:48 IST

The Pakistan National Assembly has unanimously resolved to form a 10-member committee to investigate blasphemous content being circulated on social media platforms.

The decision was made yesterday hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered the blocking of blasphemous content on the social media and action against those propagating such content, reports the Dawn.

Tuesday's resolution in the National Assembly called upon the government to immediately take measures to crack down on blasphemy against the Holy Prophet.

Meanwhile, a statement issued by Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday said the Sharif had directed Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to take all necessary measures to ensure that the objectionable material was blocked and sought daily reports on developments in this regard.

The matter of blasphemous social media content became a burning issue after the Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui took suo motu notice of the matter and warned he would summon the Prime Minister, if necessary, to prod the government into acting against the sacrilegious material being circulated online.


First published: 15 March 2017, 10:48 IST