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Pakistan’s Natl. Assembly Speaker directs Interior Ministry to crackdown on blasphemous material being posted about Hindu religion

April 12,2018:

Directive was issued Wednesday after a picture of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was depicted as a Hindu god was doing the rounds on the social media.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan

Pakistan’s National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has directed Interior Ministry to crack down on any individual or groups involved in posting blasphemous material about Hindu religion, after the minority community leaders protested against a wave of online hate speech hurting their religious sentiments.

Speaker issued the directive following a protest by Hindu legislators who said that their religion was being smeared in a wave of hate speech online.

Issue was raised by Ramesh Lal who presented an example of the blasphemous content which was a picture of a Hindu deity with Imran’s face.

Ramesh Lal stated that, “Such posts have deeply hurt the religious sentiments of more than four million Hindus living in Pakistan. The lawmaker said that such offences were covered by cyber laws and should not remain unpunished”.

Demanding legal action against perpetrators for posting blasphemous content, he asked speaker to order an inquiry into the matter.

Parliamentarian Lal Chand Malhi added that there was evidence of a malicious online campaign targeting the minority community and desecrating images that were revered by millions of Pakistani Hindus.

In response to the complaints, Speaker Sadiq directed Minister of State for Interior, Tallal Chaudhry, to complete the inquiry within seven days.

He further directed State Minister to lodge a case against the culprits with the Federal Investigation Agency.

 

Source Hindustan Times

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