ISLAMABAD – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Wednesday lodged a case against Salman Haider and other activists for allegedly committing blasphemy on social media.

FIA Deputy Director Noman Ashraf Bodla has directed the investigation officer to call Prof Haider to FIA office and engage him in investigation.

Hafiz Ahtasham Ahmed submitted an application with the FIA Station in Iqbal Town, stating that the FIA should act against the bloggers for allegedly spreading blasphemous content on social media under Section 295 C and Anti-Terrorism Act. According to FIA Deputy Director Noman Asharraf, legal opinion is being sought from the legal branch regarding invoking 295 C and other laws against the bloggers, according to the News.

The FIA has also barred the professor from flying abroad until the conclusion of the case on an application of Shuhada Foundation. Judicial Magistrate Abdul Ghafoor Kakar granted formal permission for lodging the case and initiation of the investigation against five bloggers, including Prof Haider.

Earlier, an application for registering a blasphemy case against the four missing activists under the section 295-C was also filed in federal capital’s I-9 police station.

The application submitted by Muhammad Tahir, the chairman of “Civil Society of Pakistan,” alleged that the missing activists including Salman Haider and Waqas Goraya had been hosting Facebook pages with inflammatory and blasphemous content.

A controversial cleric from Islamabad has also decried the Pemra’s decision to ban Aamir Liaquat.

In a statement, Lal Masjid’s Shuhada Foundation said that the action by the Pemra was a move to please the enemies of Islam, the country and the armed forces, saying the decision had hurt the sentiments of Muslims.