Politics

Nawaz Sharif orders ban on ‘blasphemous content’ online

Pakistan’s PM orders blocking of all social media content deemed blasphemous to Islam and for prosecution of suspects. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered the immediate removal and blocking of all online content deemed to be “blasphemous” to Islam from social media – and for those responsible to be prosecuted. Tuesday’s order came in the wake of ongoing hearings at the Islamabad High Court in a case seeking the blocking of all Internet content deemed to be “blasphemous”. “The [posting of] blasphemous content on social media is an unclean attempt to play with the feelings of the Muslim Ummah [community],” ...

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China fans anger over Seoul’s missile move

The deployment in South Korea of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defence system has been slammed by Beijing. Now the Chinese Communist Party is calling on its people to embrace their ill will towards their neighbours. It’s incredible the speed with which China’s leaders can just switch on anti-South Korea sentiment here. The Communist Party has complete control of the Chinese media. So the instructions go out and a way of thinking is simply poured into the community from above. The giant Costa Serena cruise ship docked at South Korea’s spectacular island of Jeju at the ...

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South Korea impeachment: Critics urge Park Geun-hye arrest

Image captionAnti-Park protesters in Seoul. The sign reads “Go to prison” Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye is keeping her silence as calls grow for her arrest. Ms Park was forced from office on Friday, after judges unanimously upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend, Choi Soon-sil. Despite the ruling, she remains inside the presidential compound. Thousands turned out for rallies in Seoul on Saturday, a day after three people involved in protests died there. Many were calling for Ms Park’s arrest, although a smaller number of her supporters also gathered ...

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Not possible to eradicate terrorism without Ulema’s support: PM Nawaz

LAHORE: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday that it was not possible to eliminate and eradicate terrorism without the support of the Ulema in the country. Addressing a seminar at Jamia Naeemia Lahore, the premier said that he felt spiritual contentment when he visited the place. He stated that those who were spilling blood at Jamia Naeemia could not be Muslims. “People have held religion hostage to secure their nefarious designs,” said the Prime Minister. “The hands of the enemies have been broken just like the hands of Abu Lahab were broken,” he added. During his address, Nawaz ...

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