Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for the immediate prosecution of those who publish blasphemous content on social media.
“The [posting of] blasphemous content on social media is an unclean attempt to play with the feelings of the Muslim Ummah [community],” said Sharif in a statement published on his Twitter account on Tuesday.
Sharif also called on for the removal of such content from social media websites and for authorities to ensure that blasphemous material is not posted in the future.
“Effective steps must be taken immediately to remove and block this material,” he added.
He also called for authorities to approach international social media platforms in relation to the removal of blasphemous content from their sites.
“Love and affection of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the most precious asset for every Muslim,” he stressed.
The Pakistani PM also called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan (seen below) to take action against blasphemous content and those who post such material over the internet.
Meanwhile, the country’s parliament, known as the National Assembly, has approved a resolution slamming blasphemous material published on social media and unanimously accepted that a parliamentary committee be formed to monitor such content.
The assembly also agreed that the government pursue legal action against persons who publish such material over the internet.