CHITRAL: The Joint Enquiry Team formed in the wake of the recent controversial social media posts on Tuesday announced that on the basis of opinions given by national level religious scholars the contents did not fall under the category of blasphemy but those who hurt the sentiments of people belonging to both the Sunni and Ismaili communities would be proceeded against under the cyber crime law.
The joint team was formed after a religious party called a shutter-down strike in the Chitral bazaar against what its leaders claimed blasphemous contents uploaded on social media before the Dec 9, 2017, Chitral visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims.
Three major decisions by the team are: formation of a council to maintain sectarian harmony, setting up of a cyber crime cell and action against anyone trying to take law into their hands against any suspected blasphemy case in future.
The team consisted of officials of the district administration, police, Chitral Scouts and representatives of the two communities. They held a number of sessions and discussed how to deal with such issues in future and maintain sectarian harmony in Chitral.
Briefing local media on Tuesday, District Police Officer (DPO) Mansoor Aman said the team members proposed ways to check misuse of the social media and promote communal harmony in Chitral. He said in the presence of stringent blasphemy laws in the country, no one would be allowed to take the law into their own hands against any suspected blasphemy case in future.
The participants also agreed to constitute a conciliation council, comprising representatives from law enforcement agencies, district administration, rights activists and civil society, to promote sectarian harmony and to deal with any issue detrimental to the peaceful coexistence of the two communities in the valley.
Moreover, a cyber crime cell would be set up by the district police to keep an eye on the social media contents and take action against any objectionable materials.
A participant of the meeting told ChitralToday that a list of all those who had uploaded objectionable posts in social media would be handed over to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for action under the Cyber Crime Law. The screenshots of all such posts by social media users belonging to both the Sunni and Ismaili communities have already been given to the police for submission to the FIA to take action against them under the cyber crime law, he added.
Among others, MPA Sardar Hussain, District nazim Maghfirate Shah, naib nazim Maulana Abdul Shakoor, retired Brig Khosh Muhammad Khan, Maulana Jamshed Ahmed, Maulana Hussain Ahmed, Muhammad Afzal, Saeed Ahmed Khan, M. Hakim Advocate attended the meetings.