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Nisar directs to remove blasphemous social media pages from internet

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Monday directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to continue working with Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to remove all social media pages causing religious unrest in the society.

“Blasphemy and terrorism related content on the social media are intolerable,” he said while presiding over a high-level meeting in Islamabad.

He also directed the ministry to revise and update visa rules besides introduction of online visa regime so as to bring in transparency, minimize discretion and expedite the entire process.

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Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that central visa database is essential as it will enable state institutions to keep a tab on all those travelling to Pakistan on any visa category.

Earlier, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had directed immediate blockade of sources spreading blasphemous content by stating that it was hurting sentiments of the entire Muslim Ummah.

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Recently, the issue has gained attention of the government. Punjab Assembly had adopted a motion against blasphemous content on social media last week while Islamabad High Court in a recent hearing had suggested a ban on social media over the presence of the the content that hurt sentiments.

Facebook has already showed its consent to send its delegation to Pakistan to address the issue.




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