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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Govt blocks Facebook containing blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

ISLAMABAD, May 19: The Government on Wednesday ordered to ban Facebook for an indefinite period following decision by the Lahore High Court.

The row started when social networking site's management allowed members to draw sacrilegious caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Earlier during the day, Justice Ejaz Chaudhry said that the government should record its protest at international level.

Hearing a petition regarding blasphemous page on Facebook, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Advocate said that Facebook hurt the emotions of Muslims with the publication of said page about blasphemous caricatures but the government became a silent spectator.

Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malim said that PTA has blocked the blasphemous link of Facebook. Director Telecom Mudassar Hussain said that there would be great loss after the complete closure of Facebook. Lawyers and civil society representatives protested the statement of Director Telecom.

The government yesterday had directed the PTA on the orders of LHC to block the blasphemous caricatures link on Facebook. After the directive, the PTA took necessary steps and blocked the link on Facebook for indefinite period.

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