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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Millions of Pakistanis receive blasphemy warning texts on their devices.


Millions of Pakistanis receive blasphemy warning texts on their devices. (ET).

ISLAMABAD: 


Millions of Pakistanis have been receiving text messages from the government warning them against sharing “blasphemous” content online.


“Uploading & sharing of blasphemous content on Internet is a punishable offense under the law. Such content should be reported on info@pta.gov.pk for legal action,” read the SMS sent by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to all mobile phone subscribers.


A similar note was posted on the agency’s website in Urdu. A PTA spokesperson said the agency was acting on a court order.

Blasphemy is a sensitive issue in the country, with allegations leading to dozens of mob attacks or murders.


Last week a 10-year old boy was killed and five others were wounded when a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.

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