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IHC CJ to rule on Facebook in next hearing

IHC CJ to rule on Facebook in next hearing

ISLAMABAD, MAR 22, (DNA) -Chief Justice Islamabad High Court (IHC) Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui Wednesday said Facebook could be closed in Pakistan if the management of social media platform does not cooperate on the country’s request.

Hearing a case against blasphemous content on social media, Justice Siddqiui said the court may order the government to conduct a referendum to elicit public opinion if they want social media or not.

Appearing before the court, Secretary Interior Arif Khan said the case made progress as some people have been arrested and intelligence agencies have been approached for the purpose.

Meantime, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) official also submitted that two to three more arrests are likely to be made today. DG FIA said a case has been lodged agains the unknown accused under the clauses of laws related with blasphemy and terrorism.

Several leaders hailing from religious parties also attended the hearing.

Justice Siddiqui said the court will decide in the next hearing if the social media is required or not in the country.

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