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Crackdown launched on online religious hate | The Express Tribune


ISLAMABAD:
The Punjab police and the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) Cybercrime Wing have recommended putting people spreading spiritual hatred and sectarianism on social media throughout the month of Muharram on the proscribed individuals’ checklist of the anti-terrorism legislation in order that motion might be taken towards them.

The authorities have collected knowledge of such social media accounts being operated from international nations and would additionally search the Interpol’s assist in cracking down on them.

In accordance with Part 11EE of the Anti-Terrorism Act, the Fourth Schedule is to incorporate “anyone that is an activist, office-bearer or an affiliate of an organisation saved below commentary – or proscribed – or – affiliated with any group or organisation suspected to be concerned in terrorism or sectarianism”.

A senior police officer, requesting anonymity, confirmed the event to The Specific Tribune and added that the FIA Cybercrime Wing would register a case towards people utilizing social media to unfold spiritual hatred.

Initially, the Rawalpindi police had forwarded the small print of 17 social media accounts to the FIA. Their house owners, who’re primarily based in Pakistan, have been spreading sectarianism on social media.

In accordance with sources, the FIA blocked the 17 accounts and took motion towards their house owners.

The official mentioned the Punjab police had recommended putting all of the people spreading spiritual hatred on social media on the Fourth Schedule in order that motion might be taken towards them.

The police have additionally recognized 30 accounts — engaged in such actions — being operated from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and different nations.

The administration of the social media platforms have been knowledgeable in writing to take instant motion towards these accounts and it’s anticipated that they are going to be blocked quickly.

The authorities involved have approached the Interpol to hunt help towards these attempting to unfold spiritual hatred within the nation from overseas.

The official mentioned that the police and FIA would collectively act towards such offenders and search help from the Interpol the place mandatory.

The parliament has not too long ago handed amendments to the nation’s anti-terrorism legislation to make it extra stringent.

It proposes prohibiting the availability of loans or monetary help to these related to banned organisations and proscribing all banks and monetary establishments from issuing bank cards to people on the proscribed individual’s checklist.

It additional states that arms licenses already issued to such people can be revoked and their weapons confiscated.

No new licenses shall be issued to such folks and they are going to be penalised for carrying weapons.

An individual shall be committing an offence in the event that they facilitate the journey of a person for the aim of perpetrating, collaborating in, aiding or making ready for a terrorist act or for offering or receiving coaching for terrorist actions.

The state may also have the ability to freeze the accounts and journey paperwork of these discovered to be concerned about terrorist actions.

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