The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Monday ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block links to all the blasphemous videos including a recently released anti-Islam movie from the internet that has sparked anti-US protests across the Muslim world.

A senior lawyer raised the matter of anti-Islam film before a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. On this, the court summoned the chairman of PTA and directed him to block access to all sacrilegious material in Pakistan that has hurt the feelings of Muslims globally. The court then instructed the chairman to submit the implementation report the same day.

The chief Justice directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (Pemra) to set up “standards of modesty” and submit a reply in this regard within two weeks.

The government earlier had claimed that the PTA and IT ministry had blocked 122 anti-Islamic websites during the past few days.

The authorities had also told the public that any blasphemous material that comes to their attention must be reported immediately to the PTA on 080055055 or emailed to complaint@pta.gov.pk.

The government had clarified that it was not blocking popular websites YouTube and Facebook, only anti-Islamic material. It had added that obscene material shall be blocked on case to case basis