Twitter now thinks Pakistani blasphemy law applies to U.S., Canadian bloggers

As we reported earlier, Twitter now thinks Pakistani blasphemy law applies to Canadian citizens.  Now it appears the social media giant thinks Pakistani law applies to U.S. citizens as well.

That notion got reinforced by a report at the Gateway Pundit, which said on Saturday that Associate Editor Cristina Laila received an email from the Silicon Valley tech company informing her that she had violated Pakistani law when she posted a tweet calling for burkas to be banned in the United States.

According to the Gateway Pundit, the years-old tweet has already been deleted, but that apparently didn’t matter.

According to the report, the email Twitter sent read:

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We are writing to inform you that Twitter has received official correspondence regarding your Twitter account, @CristinaLaila1.

The correspondence claims that the following content is in violation of Pakistan law: Section 37 of PECA-2016, Section 295 B and Section 295 C of the Pakistan penal code


Twitter has not taken any action on the reported content at this time. We are only writing to inform you that content posted to your account has been mentioned in a complaint.

This notice is not legal advice. You may wish to consult legal counsel about this matter. If you believe we have contacted you in error, please let us know by replying to this email.

For more general information on legal requests, please refer to the following Help Center article: https://t.co/lrfaq.


Canadian columnist Jamie Glazov and Pamela Geller reportedly received the same warning from Twitter.

Glazov also warned that the law in question calls for the death penalty under certain circumstances:

Section 295B criminalizes “defiling the Holy Quran,” and carries a penalty of life imprisonment. 295C mandates that those who “by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation innuendo, or insinuation, directly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life and shall also be liable for fine.”

So we are looking at the punishment of death, imprisonment and/or a fine — and all not necessarily in that order.

The Gateway Pundit added:

Facebook also enforces Sharia blasphemy laws and Google just approved of an Android app for Muslims to report people who insult Islam and Mohammed.

Facebook’s actions, by the way, were the subject of “Banned: How Facebook Enables Militant Islamic Jihad,” a 2016 book by yours truly and American-Israeli Adina Kutnicki.

Laila, the Gateway Pundit tells us, “is a first generation American of Armenian descent. Her Christian family suffered intense persecution in the Middle East and came to America for a better life away from Islam. Now Cristina, an American Christian, is being warned about Pakistan’s Islamic blasphemy laws. Let that sink in.”

Indeed.  What’s next?  The mind boggles.


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