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LHC summons govt departments in petition against blasphemous content

256 accounts sent to PTA for action against blasphemy, but FIA registered cases against 66 only

Justice Sarfraz Dogar of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued notices to both sides on a petition seeking action against those involved in sharing blasphemous material on social media.

Justice Dogar on Tuesday directed the Interior Ministry, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to submit replies on the next date of hearing.

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At the onset of the hearing, advocate Shahbaz Jandran said that Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed had submitted a written statement before the Senate, which noted that cases of 256 people were sent to PTA to block their accounts.

The lawyer said that FIA registered cases against 66 people and no action was taken against the rest of the suspects.

The lawyer said that blasphemous material was a serious crime, which could not be pardoned, so why were 190 suspects still moving freely with no action taken against them. He asked the court to order the relevant authorities to act against the suspects and take strong measures to stop blasphemous material from circulating on social media.

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After hearing arguments of the lawyer-petitioner, Justice Dogar sought replies from the respondents.

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