Pak to block websites, SMS 'propagating anti-Islam agenda
Religion should have been a personal issue for every individual but has become the main issue in the countries of this world, especially the Asian and African nations. At this juncture the issue has wrapped some countries in such a way that it cannot be ignored, hence due deliberations are required for its meaningful implementation.
The recent killing of one governor in Pakistan on the issue of blasphemy is a harsh example of religious fanaticism. He tried to oppose the blasphemy law and had to sacrifice his life in the hands of his own security guard. Another former minister of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is living under threat in Pakistan for the same reason. The leaders of Pakistan seem to have taken these recent incidences seriously, as they fear of their lives too and have taken some steps to soothe down the religious extremists in this respect. The interior minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik has ordered to block those websites, which is propagating anti-Islam agenda. Also has been ordered the blocking of the SMSs containing same type of messages, it has been reported. The following government agencies that have been ordered to take immediate action to block anti-Islam propaganda are Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, and Federal Investigation Agency. Malik appealed to the people to remain calm on this issue of blasphemy saying the government has not taken any decision on the cancellation of blasphemy law or amending the same. While talking to reporters at Pirpai village in the Northwest Pakistan, he said that the issue would be discussed with noted clerics and religious scholars of different schools and thoughts before taking any further decision on it.
It is obvious that the religious extremists are in strong position in Pakistan due to government’s inefficient act on them. There is nexus between the government departments and extremists, which has become hindrance to the government for taking stern action against those wrong elements in the country. How long the government can play dubious role in a country that is under the wrap of terrorism?