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LHC hears petition decrying unverified religious content

Punjab CM Usman Buzdar unable to show up in court after being summoned in case

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday conducted an in-camera proceeding of the case related to unverified religious content and translation of the Holy Quran.

Justice Shujaat Ali Khan of the LHC was hearing the petition, which was moved by citizen Hassan Muawiya.

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Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Usman Buzdar was due before the court, but he could not turn up in the case.

The police and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials were present in the courtroom.

Previously, the court had summoned director general (DG) FIA, but he failed to appear, on which the judge expressed dismay and summoned Buzdar.

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The petitioner submitted that the government failed to comply with the order of the court as unverified content was available on the websites and translation of the Holy Quran was being done, which was also unverified. Quran Academy, he said, was ignored by some companies that published religious content.

On March 5, 2019, the LHC had ordered state authorities to remove unverified religious content from social media and many other websites, but the controversial and unverified content was not removed.

The petitioner has appealed to the court to order the Punjab government and relevant authorities to immediately remove the blasphemous, unverified, and controversial content from social media and websites.



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