The Islamabad High Court of Pakistan’s judge, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui has directed the authorities to suspend Facebook in the country if it does not block blasphemous material.

The decision about the suspension of the social media platform is likely to be taken in next hearing.

The IHC bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui was hearing the case regarding blasphemous material on the social media. The single-judge bench was informed about the progress made by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The DG FIA informed the court about their investigations and an arrest FIA made a couple of days ago. Names of several others have also been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL), DG FIA said.

The judge remarked the issue as very sensitive. “Block Facebook till the issue is resolved and inform the company about it,” he said.

“We do not need social media if it cannot stop blasphemy”.

During hearing, the FIA director had told the court that some 70 persons were identified who were running controversial pages on social media but many of them were living abroad.

Justice Siddiqui further instructed interior ministry, information ministry and PTA to submit report till March 27 and said that the decision about the suspension of social media will be taken in next hearing.

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