PTA warns internet users of death punishment for blasphemy

PTA warns internet users of death punishment for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday warned internet users of harsh penalty of death for blasphemy.

The authority said that the Section 295 C of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) clearly prescribed death or imprisonment for life and fine for derogatory remarks against Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and Holy Prophets.

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PTA said that uploading, sharing and propagating sacrilegious / blasphemous contents on internet / social media / instant messaging applications etc. is prohibited / offence under the last of Pakistan and attract harsh penalties, including up to 10 years imprisonment or fine or both under Section 295A of PCC to outrage religious feelings. The Section 295B of the PPC describes the penalty of imprisonment for life for defiling of Holy Quran.

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Furthermore, the Sections 298, 298A & 298B prescribe punishment up to three years imprisonment or fine or both in order to intent to harm religious feelings and derogatory remarks against Holy Personalities.

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The PTA said that for blocking / removal of unlawful online contents as prescribed under Section 37 of Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), social media / internet users are encouraged to report the same to respective social media platforms or to PTA.

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