Justice Shujaat Ali Khan Lahore High Court sought personal appearance of Punjab chief minister Usman Buzdar (CM) to explain failure of the provincial authorities to implement the court earlier order requiring action against people involved in publication of unauthentic copies of Quran.
Judge directed the CM to appear in person on November 8 at 1.00pm to explain the situation.
Judge directed the Quran Board and the government to be vigilant on publication and printing of any religious material in particular Holy Quran original text or authentic meaning.
Judge earlier in 2019 had ordered the government to ensure the copies of Holy Quran were duly approved by the Quran Board before the publication in press and on the internet.
On Friday, the federal investigation agency (FIA) cybercrime wing’s Babar Bakht Qureshi and DPO Chiniot Bilal Zafar appeared before the court. The FIA’s officer said that action had been taken against persons involved in the publication of false copies of the holy book and other religious material.
He also complained about lack of cooperation on part of the police in Chiniot. Mr Zafar said that the police was ready to assist the operations of the FIA in Chiniot but subject to fulfillment of standard protocols.
Petitioner Hassan Muawayah had alleged that non-Muslim community like the Ahamdis and other continued to publish and upload copies of Quran with distorted Arabic text and mutilated translation on internet and Google play store only to mislead Muslims. He submitted that it was a heinous crime and should be dealt with iron hands.
He also said that repeated applications had been filed with the home department and police authorities for action against the suspects in light of the judgment. He said that the conduct of the concerned authorities was in violation of the law and the LHC decision.
He sought action against responsible persons and authorities should again be directed to cope with this situation according to the Constitution and other laws of the land.