IHC judge says Hollywood movies, videos games promoting pornography


–Justice Siddiqui orders govt to submit report on measures taken to stop pornography in country

–Slams ‘morning show culture’, calls for banning TV channels violating basic morals and Islamic teachings


ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday held Hollywood movies and video games responsible for promoting pornography and violence in Pakistan, directing the federal government to submit a report on measures taken to stop pornography in the country.

Hearing a petition filed against the alleged uploading of objectionable material on social media, Justice Siddiqui asked the Interior Ministry special secretary to explain to the court how pornographic content is proliferated in the country and “what the government has done to stop it”.

“The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has blocked 212 websites and 22,210 webpages,” replied the special secretary. “We have also held four meetings with all the stakeholders.”

“There is an entire international gang of pornography from whom the Zainabs and Kulsooms are not safe,” the judge remarked.

The Ministry of Information Technology also submitted in the court a draft of its proposed changes to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016, aimed at bringing blasphemy and pornography within the ambit of cybercrime laws. However, the judge found several faults with the drafts, saying: “According to this draft, pornography is being given a free hand in educational institutions. [But] it does not have a definition of pornography. It doesn’t say what kind of literature is based on pornography.”

The judge also remarked that there are some in the IT ministry “whose mission is to make Pakistan a permissive society”.

Justice Siddiqui said a bulk of the blame for the global proliferation of pornographic content and terrorism lies with Hollywood.

“The biggest hub of pornography and terrorism is Hollywood and Los Angeles,” the judge said. “Hollywood plays a central role in inciting of crimes and then our madrassas are blamed.”

“All video games for children are based on crimes. How planes are hijacked and how to commit murders — everything is taught comprehensively,” the judge said, referring to the age-old notion that violence in video games promote aggression and crimes in real life.

Justice Siddiqui also criticised the country’s ‘morning show culture’, questioning why the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) isn’t doing enough to curb their “destructive material”.

“Morning shows are causing destruction,” he said. “The channels whose morning shows are against our basic morals and Islamic teachings should be banned.”

“What is PEMRA doing? Is it helpless?”

The high court also ordered the commissioning of a high-level committee to stop pornography’s proliferation.

“The committee should comprise representatives from ministries of information, IT, law and interior,” he said, adding: “That committee should also review foreign movies and ban the ones which are against Pakistani culture and morals.”


  1. Justice Siddiqui is well-cognizant about the impact vulgary and evils in our society. We should be aware of the designs of the motives of the Western media and its cronies.like Hollywood etc.

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