Nawaz Sharif orders ban on blasphemous content on Social medias, strict punishment for offenders

March 15 2017

Pakistan's Prime Minister on Tuesday ordered that "blasphemous" content on websites be removed or blocked and those posting such material "strictly punished."
is a criminal offence in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty. Sharif's tough talk against will appeal to his conservative voter base ahead of elections likely to take place next year.
"Effective steps must be taken immediately to remove and block such content," the prime minister said in a statement.
He instructed Pakistan's foreign ministry to contact foreign firmsand demand the blocking of blasphemous posts. He did not mention any company by name, but social networks such as Facebook Inc, its Instagramunit and rival Twitter Inc are popular in Pakistan.
"All relevant institutions must unite to hunt those who spread such material and to award them strict punishment under the law," Sharif said.
isa highly charged issue in Pakistan where even being accused of insulting Islam or Prophet Mohammad can provoke targeted acts of violence by religious right-wing vigilantes. Dozens have been murdered over allegations, according to the Center for Research and Security Studies.

Nawaz Sharif orders ban on blasphemous content on Social medias, strict punishment for offenders

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