‘Warns against maligning army, judiciary on social media’
ISLAMABAD (NNI): Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Tuesday ruled out any restrictions on social media, but added that unbridled freedom cannot be acceptable to any civilized society.
“It is not my own issue, or that of the PML-N, it is a society’s issue. Our values are under attack from a section of social media,” he said while addressing a news conference here.
Nisar said there is no check and balance on social media; therefore, the government wants to ensure that the country’s laws should not be flayed by those using social media.
Nisar said 27 social media accounts were identified for posting offensive material and of these 6 people were interviewed. The minister said the constitution of Pakistan bars assailing and maligning the armed forces and judiciary; therefore, the social media cannot be allowed to violate the constitution.
“Don’t confuse this issue. There will be no ban on social media. But unbridled freedom isn’t allowed in any society.”
“We all realize the importance of social media. But there are rules for every institution, organization or governments. Unfortunately, there have been no rules for social media.”
“We will not let anyone develop free for all system as social media has big reach and it can have a big impact. It has come under my jurisdiction ever since FIA has been handed the case.
“When blasphemous material was uploaded on social media, I was directed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to look into this issue. I have been again given directions by the prime minister to look into the abuse of social media.”
Nisar noted that many offensive comments regarding armed forces have been posted on social media over the last few weeks.
“On one hand, our armed forces and civil forces are sacrificing their lives, on the other hand, they are being ridiculed on social media. So I directed the FIA to take action against elements behind such posts.”
Nisar said that he had given clear directions that indiscriminate action should be initiated against all those involved even if someone is from the PML-N. “We want the social media to grow but it must come under some law or code of conduct,” he concluded. NNI