Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan pledged Thursday to take every step to “eliminate” blasphemous content from social networking sites and said a decision would be made in the coming days “on the functioning of social networking sites in Pakistan.”
“We will take strict steps if their administration responds in the negative without taking into account any criticism,” he added, reported a local news agency.
The minister acknowledged that tackling blasphemy on the social network would only be possible with the cooperation of Facebook.
In 2010, a Pakistani court temporarily blocked Facebook over a competition on the site asking people to share caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed.
The government claimed that Facebook agreed Thursday to send a team to Pakistan to address concerns over “blasphemous and objectionable” content on its site.
An interior ministry spokesperson said that Facebook management was aware of Pakistan’s claims, and a point of contact had been designated by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for consultation on the issue.