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Pakistani PM’s son-in-law calls for ban on social media over blasphemy

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Captain Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has called for a ban on social media on issues related to online blasphemy.

Addressing the country's National Assembly, Captain Safdar said that unless blasphemous content is removed from the internet, Cyber Crime Act cannot be put into effect in Pakistan, The Express Tribune reported. He also praised Islamabad’s high court judge, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, for taking a firm stand on the issue.

The Pakistani court had ordered an investigation on online blasphemy and threatened to impose a ban on social media if the offending content is not removed. The subject of controversial content on social media, and the mysterious disappearance of bloggers, has dominated news in Pakistan in the recent past.

Two bloggers, Salman Haider and Samar Abbas, disappeared from Islamabad recently. While Haider has returned home, the whereabouts of Abbas are still unknown.