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Getting Rid of Online Blasphemy – Punjab Assembly Calls for a Filtration System

The Punjab Assembly has passed a resolution unanimously which calls on the federal government to punish blasphemers strictly. This is to be done by setting up a screening system that filters online blasphemous content, based on a model already in place in Saudi Arabia.

According to reports, the resolution stated that there were already anti-blasphemy laws in the country but they were not enforced properly. It also said that blasphemous content was available on social media and some booksellers were importing books that contain blasphemous material.

The house of the Punjab Assembly demanded that a filtration and screening system be set up that prevents online blasphemous content, adding that it should be modeled on the system already being used in Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the resolution also calls for laws that can prevent the printing and sale of religious books, both local and foreign, that haven’t been approved by the Mutahidda Ulema Board and the federal religious affairs ministry.

Finally, the resolution demanded that blasphemous material be confiscated and its import banned, and that the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 and Pakistan Penal Code’s Section 295 and 298 must be improved to punish blasphemers.

After incidents like Mashal Khan and Asia Bibi, do you believe this resolution is a good decision? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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