Facebook, others booked for blasphemy in Pakistan
Facebook has been booked for blasphemy and a case has been registered against the social networking giant in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
The order against Facebook, accused of hosting “blasphemous material,” was passed by Additional Sessions Judge Kamran Basharat Mufti. Facebook and three other websites were booked under sections 295-A and 298-A of the Criminal Procedure Code and the FIR was registered by Margalla police station in Islamabad.
The application was filed by the Namoos-e-Risalat Lawyers Forum. Rao Abdur Rahim, one of the complainants, told the Express Tribune that his association had learned in July 2011 that Facebook and other websites were hosting “blasphemous” material and that it was being uploaded from Pakistan.
“Concerned government officials, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and police were requested to take action but they did not pay attention. Therefore, Islamabad District Bar on July 27, 2011 filed a complaint for the registration of an FIR, but no action was taken,” Rahim is reported to have said.
His association filed a fresh application in the court of Addition Sessions Judge Mufti demanding police action and registration of an FIR.
“We gave three applications: one against Payam TV for telecasting a movie ‘Yousaf’, one against Facebook and three other websites and one against the US Embassy in Islamabad for organizing a gathering of gays and lesbians,” Rahim said.
Judge Mufti accepted two applications and in turn directed Margalla police station to register an FIR against Payam TV and Facebook. The judge however, rejected the application against the US Embassy.