The federal government has taken notice of hate material on social media and mobile phones following the Rawalpindi unrest.
According to sources, Ministry of Interior has issued directives to Ministry of Information Technology and Communication and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to launch crackdown against people responsible for spreading sectarian hatred on various social media platforms and the internet.
Following the directives, the Ministry of Information Technology is identifying data of hateful material from cellular companies and internet service providers. The federal government has called for immediate action under existing law against individuals, who spread hateful speech via mobile phones and social media.
New directives came in the backdrop of sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi wherein ten people were killed and over 50 injured in clashes during the Ashura procession. Following the clashes, social media was used to spread baseless messages spreading religious hatred.
Author: Naveed Butt
Source: Business Recorder