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Facebook founder facing death penalty in Pakistan

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is under investigation by Pakistani legal authorities for violation of that country’s anti-blasphemy laws surrounding the recent Draw Muhammed contest. The penalty for violating the Pakistani anti-blasphemy law can be death.

Section 295-C of the Pakistani penal code reads: “Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine.”

While Zuckerberg tries to fend of his legal troubles with the Pakistani Government, there is also news of another Pakistani court asking the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to ban a bunch of “blasphemous” websites including the likes of Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, Google, Amazon and Bing. Two other websites – Islam Exposed and In The Name Of Allah too have been added to the blocked list of websites. This comes barely a month after Pakistan banned both YouTube and Facebook on similar charges. That ban was later revoked. Pakistan was later followed by Bangladesh who blocked access to Facebook following another instance of blasphemy by a Bangladeshi citizen.

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