FILE PHOTO - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Sept. 30, 2015. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered that "blasphemous" content on social media websites be removed or blocked and those posting such material "strictly punished".Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Pakistan and can carry the death penalty. Blasphemy is a highly charged issue in Pakistan where even being accused of insulting Islam or Prophet Mohammad can provoke targeted acts of violence by religious right-wing vigilantes.Sharif also called for punishment for those who used the country's blasphemy laws to settle private disputes, which critics of the religious law say happens frequently.When a group of five liberal activists went missing earlier this year, they were accused by religious hardliners of blasphemy.
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