Supreme court orders case against cartoon blasphemers

From the Daily Times, Pakistan:

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered that a case be filed under section 295C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) against the cartoonist, foreign newspapers, publishers and local government officials, including the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority chairman, on the issue of blasphemous cartoons. “The police should register the petitioner’s case under section 295C of the PPC in the jurisdiction where the petitioner resides,” said the chief justice while ruling on a petition moved by Maulvi Iqbal Haider, the Awami Himayat Tehreek chairman. Section 295C prescribes the death sentence for offenders. Haider had moved the SC for the registration of a criminal case against the people responsible for printing and propagating cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The chief justice said, “It is our religious duty to express sentiments against the blasphemous publication.” A case should be registered against the people responsible at the very least to dissuade anyone blaspheming in the future, he added.

Besides blaming foreign authorities, the petitioner also accused the PTA of criminal negligence for not blocking websites showing the blasphemous cartoons in Pakistan.

The PTA is the regulatory authority controlling the internet in Pakistan. The case against the PTA can lead to the PTA blocking a lot more of the internet as they fight the case. The death penalty gives them a very strong reason to – coupled with the fact that since the Supereme Court supports the censorship, there is no downside for the PTA not to go all out.

I fear in the near future there will be lot more posts to this website…


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