Pakistan asking Facebook and Twitter to point out blasphemers against Islam

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Nisar urged the popular social media websites like Facebook to provide information about blasphemous material.

The interior ministry on Thursday said Facebook would send a delegation to Pakistan for talks over blasphemous content. Pakistan authorities will also seek measures to extradite any Pakistanis who make blasphemous comments overseas.

The statement said the government was considering hiring noted legal expert Farrukh Kareem to pursue the matter in worldwide judicial forums to push Facebook to remove the content that is hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims.

The Interior Minister said that government is making all out efforts to block blasphemous material on social media. "Such content has been posted on social media websites for years".

He said facebook administration has been asked to cooperate in tracing the criminals behind the blasphemy while cooperation from the United States Administration was also being sought through US Embassy in Pakistan in this regard.

Nisar said that the issue relates with the entire Muslim world and requires due measures.

Chaudhry Nisar said that he would ensure that no innocent would be accused, while, at the same time, those committing this crime would be held accountable.

Blasphemy is a highly sensitive and incendiary issue in Pakistan. The identities of the 11 people in question were not immediately clear.

While Facebook has said that it considers every request of it made by a government very closely, the company has said it will do so with the privacy of its users in mind.

Sunni Muslims shout slogans while rsising their hands during a protest against Facebook in Lahore, Pakistan, May 26, 2010.

As for whether Facebook and Twitter will play ball - FB says, "We disclose information about accounts exclusively in accordance with our terms of service and applicable law".

Twitter reportedly declined an AP request for comment.

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