I get that religious icons are not something that some people might not like to joke about but this call by a Pakistani lawyer for Mark Zuckerberg to be investigated for the recent contest hosted on Facebook called Draw Muhammad is mind-boggling. The problem is that the end result of this criminal investigation carries the death penalty if the ones being investigated are found guilty.
The report in The Register says that the Pakistani Deputy Attorney General at the request of a Pakistani high court judge is claiming that the owners of Facebook have committed a heinous and serious crime under the country’s Section 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code.
Section 295-C of the 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.”
Apparently the original petitioner to the Pakistani high court and the person who got this all started in the first place, Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque, is waiting for the police to contact Interpol and arrange for the arrest of Zuckerberg and the rest of the blasphemous crew.