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[Alhumdulillah] Facebook blocked in Pakistan


LAHORE: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has blocked Facebook over a competition encouraging its users to post caricatures of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the social networking site.

Earlier in the day, the LHC ordered authorities to block Facebook until May 31..

The depiction of any prophet is strictly prohibited in Islam as blasphemous and Muslims across the world staged angry protests over the publication of satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in European newspapers in 2006.

Controversy erupted in the conservative Muslim country last month when a Facebook user set up a page called “Draw Mohammed Day”, inviting people to send in their caricatures of the Muslim prophet on May 20.

The move angered thousands of young people and Muslim faithful in Pakistan, unleashing an online campaign and isolated protests that grabbed the government’s attention and the controversial page was blocked on Tuesday.

But a group of lawyers went a step further Wednesday and petitioned the court to order a blanket ban on Facebook in Pakistan.

Justice Ejaz Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court directed the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to block Facebook until May 31, when the court will open a detailed hearing into the case.

The PTA Director told the court the government has already blocked the particular link. About complete ban, he said internet services could face problems if the complete website was banned.

However, the court ordered complete ban till May 31.

A large number of religious clerics, students and lawyers were present in the courtroom.

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  1. Muhammad Ahmed
    May 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

    its a good decision taken by Lahore high court.. May ALLAH give them Ajar.
    but very sad……….where is our media? Geo, AAJ, Express, Dunya, Sama, ETC
    where is Dr. Shahid Masood, Kamran Khan, Hamid Mir, Talat, Asma Shirazi, Kashif, Moeed, many more host………….
    where is our leaders………… Zardari, Gilani, Altaf Hussain, Nawaz Sharif, Imran ????
    rn’t they muslim?
    is it not their duty to protest against this big sin.?

    do they sold their EEman??

    VERY SAD

    Facebook ke sath iss media, polititions, pe bhi hamesha ke liye banned laga do, kisi kaam ka nahi jo media itni AZEEM Hasti ki gustakhi karne walo ko malamat na kare unka boycott na kare wo media, wo leader, wo siyasi party kafiro ke agent hain..

    Ab ALLAH ke azab ko dawat di ja rahi hai………..
    wait and see….

  2. Noel Johnson
    May 21, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    We,Muslims, need our own Internet providers,telecomm and service providers.We need to grab and take back our spending power.Why should Muslims support immoral and un-Islamic activity!We need banks free of Riba and a place where Sharia Law rules.InshaAllah we will soon control our own lands!

  3. Noel Johnson
    May 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I was close to leaving FACEBOOK just because of security(people pretending to be things they are not,it is not secure and it draws you in as an addiction) this seals my decsion to stop supporting and using this site.I for one will begin making note of my real Muslim friends emails and slowly remove myself!

  4. rozer indian
    May 24, 2010 at 7:30 am

    I read an interesting post from malasiya stateting present condition of pakistan. Read and reflect.
    The Strange Islam Originating from Lahore.
    There is a ‘mass madness’ ranging from TV talk shows to headlines of News Papers and debate on internet. Charged workers of

    religious organizations are out in streets of Pakistan. As Malaysian are relatively more religious people as compared to

    Pakistani’s and share the same Prophet. I was thinking that today country would be choked like Pakistan from electronic

    blackout to burning shopping malls and McDonalds. Especially, the State of my work my worst as it is currently being ruled by

    a conservative religious party considered as ‘fanatic’ as Jamat e Islami of Pakistan.The conservative religious rulers of the

    State where I work have already declared Friday as a off day despite the fact the rest of the country have off days of

    Saturday and Sunday.

    Since yesterday Pakistan Telecommunication authority has blocked Facebook, Youtube and Wikipidia along with interruption in

    Blackberry services on orders of a ‘Holly Lordship’ of Lahore High Court. The bearded Mullah are on the loose in streets

    chanting against western infidels burning tyre’s and destroying public property. There are 45 million Pakistani users of

    social media site Facebook, twice the entire population of another Islamic state, Malaysia. Many of them running businesses,

    charities and communicating with families and friends have been deprived of access to communication without being heard by a

    religiously charged self righteous judiciary. All being done in name of a ‘Holly Cause’ to defend the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)

    from conspiracies of Infidel west.

    So, this is Friday today, my neighborhood mosque is packed, the Imam is shouting in loudspeaker at top of his voice, but it

    is ’state approved’ weekly address. There is no mention of Facebook or waging war against infidel west for conspiracies

    against Prophet (PBUH). I am a bit disappointed. I decided to go to town as there might be ’some fun’, i mean, chanting

    bearded men carrying sticks and guns, smashing cars and street lamps. To my disappointment traffic is as smooth as always,

    bazaars are busy and shopping malls are packed with young couples holding hands. There is no Kalashnikov wielding ‘warrior of

    Allah’ to flog the girls wearing mini skirts or to harass those wearing scarf. No body is even talking about the great

    conspiracy against Prophet of God – a page on Facebook website set up by some western kid.

    Now I am rather frustrated. I miss Lahore, you can have lot of fun there. I decided to go to beach, fortunately just walking

    distance from my house. The ‘white’ tourists girls are taking ’sun-bath’ wear just bras and panties. White men are drinking

    beer, some are enjoying water sports and others swimming Locals are busy selling spicy foods and expensive gift items to

    tourists. What is wrong with this country? I am totally mad at these people. They are totally unaware of the great conspiracy

    against there Prophet while their Muslim brothers in Pakistan have literally choked their country to defend their religion.

    Extremely disappointed I return home in hope of finding something in papers or Malaysian Blogs, unfortunately here too is no

    mention of Facebook, no statement from any politician or religious leader.

    On my Facebook page which is working finely in this Islamic state, I ask my Iranian, Saudi and Indonesian friend, from three

    biggest Islamic nations, the business is as usual. No wonder Pakistan is ‘Fort of Islam’, no other Muslim nation is concerned

    about ‘infidel’ conspiracies against Islam. The worst thing about these nations is that ordinary people even doesn’t know the

    names of their Chief Justice’s or Army Chief’s. Off course their Chief Justices are not that ‘Media Savoy’ and their Judges

    as ‘righteous’ as Lordships of Lahore High Court. And on top of it the ‘Islamic Lawyer Forum’ here is not as active in

    defense of Islam. Their religious leaders are not as bold to smash cars and burn shop and their youth not as radical as our

    international fame ‘Taliban’. The life is totally boring.

    Back in 70’s Pakistan too was a quite boring place and quite ‘Un-Islamic’ when General Zia hanged Bhutto with help of Lahori

    judges and establishment started the ‘Islamisation process’.With help of scholars of Jamat e Islami, right wing ‘handpicked’

    judiciary and ‘inducted journalists in media he successfully transformed it as a ‘model Islamic state’. The real ‘fun’

    started when CIA funded and organised the PNA movement bringing all right wing factions on one table. The ‘righteous men’

    used to protest together against Bhutto and offered their prayers separately. That time we still had not reached the stage of

    suicide attacks on rival sects prayers. Thanks to ‘Madodisation’ of syllabus of government institutions, today even a

    ‘Normal’ Pakistani’ youth is as radical as a so called ‘fanatic’ in Malaysia.

    With American sponsored ‘Holly War to Defend Islam’, the religious groups have become major players in power game. First time

    Army has dumped these groups on American pressure but once in the market, there is always another ‘buyer’. After decades of

    ‘power sharing’ every institution has became a state within state and always ready to hire the religious fanatics to forward

    their agenda. These groups can not survive if there a ‘long interval’ without activity for their members. They need to

    organised ‘Warm-Up’ events for their members in order to keep them in’combat ready’ mode.

    By any standard of censorship or sensitivity, it was sufficient when PTA blocked the ‘controversial link’ of Facebook. Was

    there really a need for ‘Judicial Interference’ to block entire website or protests, rallies, blockage of internet and

    madness of this level to choke the entire nation? If this all was really necessary then why same is not happening in rest of

    Islamic world? This is something to really worry about. This is not incidental that every second terrorist is associated to

    Pakistan while those who ‘preach’ and nourish extremism are always under protection of some institution, either military or

    judiciary and mostly both. While Qazi Hussain Ahmad has much respect for courts and rule of law as Taliban do, as his

    ‘Brigade’ of Shahab e Milli and Islami Jamiat Talba use same tactics as Taliban do to teach morality in educational

    institutions.

    What is his Qazi’s interest in siding with judiciary. The model of Islamic state of Syed Qutab and Madodi is based on taking

    over of a state by power and turn it in to a religious authoritarian state. There is no place for judiciary or democracy or

    freedom of expression. It is not long time when Ansar Abbasi, a JI planted journalist defended the flogging in a live TV show

    and JI Chief was defending Taliban. When these hate mongers support judiciary or military or defends the freedom of media,

    there is always some deal as these institutions are actually a hurdle for Madodi’s model of takeover by power. At the same

    times the state institutions which ally with these groups knowingly that their model even doesn’t recognize these institution

    have their own needs.

    Whenever there is an elected government in Pakistan these groups feel threatened and need allies in state institutions for

    protection. The institutions after sixty years of power sharing have become too rouge that they also welcome these groups to

    form alliance. In past establishment, army and agencies used these groups to capture power and nourished them for their

    agendas. Once dumped by Army same groups have allied them with present judiciary which was restored through a popular

    movement. In return several JI activists and right wing political workers were appointed judges in superior courts in recent

    elevations. Some of them even lack a single reported case on their profile.

    A part of corrupt media corporates has also joined the alliance to avoid state taxes. This new alliance is based on ‘you

    scratch my back I scratch your’s’ principal. As result Qazi Hussain and some Anchorpersons are out to implement the ‘judicial

    order’ of Supreme Court. The judiciary is ‘generously’ passing restraint order against recovery of taxes from these media

    giants and interfering in religious issues ‘as prayed’ by religious fanatics. Some mainstream media outlets benefiting from

    ‘judicial activism’ are out to create hype out of non issue like a page on Facebook which was already blocked. This is

    providing religious fanatics an opportunity to keep their ‘brigades’ warm and combat ready and also to defy and weaken the

    state, democratic process and unwanted ‘infidel liberal’ government.

    This all originates from Lahore and ends there, even other parts of Pakistan are not that active in ‘defense of Islam’ just

    like rest of the world. Karachi is burning and dozens have been killed in racial violence, Baluchistan is victim of violence,

    Khyber Pakhtunkhawa is under war and South Punjab is demanding a separate Provence. Judiciary, media and Mullah’s from Lahore

    are silent on all these issues but would not leave any opportunity to defend Islam. Malaysia with 25 million population,

    every year attracts 25 million tourists with US$ 20 Billion revenue – almost equal to Pakistan’s exports. No tourist can

    imagine to travel to Pakistan because of the mess created in name of ‘defense of religion’.

    Does it really need Einstein to understand that we are in present ‘mass madness’ not in defense of Prophet of Allah (PBUH)

    against threat from Facebook page but in a power game being played by corrupt and greedy Judges, Mullah’s and some media

    outlets. If Islam was really under threat the Malaysian Muslim would not have been as comfortable with ‘infidel western’

    tourists. Jakarta, Tehran and Riyadh would have also been burning and Facebook, Google, Twitter and Blackberry would have

    been also blocked in rest of Muslim world. This is not the Islam of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which is under threat, its

    interests of Lahori establishment, Mullah’s and Judges who feel threated by power getting in to hands of leaders elected by

    people. Their interests are under threat and we are happy defending Lahori Islam – of which both Facebook and Pakistan are

    the victims

  5. Junaid Raza
    May 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    [AlHamdulillah] PTA and LHC and anyone else who thinks banning communication is solution to a problem is a MORON!!! This is like an ostrich sticking its bloody head in the ground and thinking that no one can see it…

    Today whole world is laughing at Pakistan including all Muslim countries for acting in such a stupid and immature manner to an immature and moronic Facebook page. Today Pakistan is being compared to China and Iran in terms of freedom of speech and media freedom.

    Looking at it from the perspective of Imaan… are we such weak believers that one stupid page by some nut case has shook the foundations of our Imaan? That one social network can collapse the freedom of speech and media freedom…

    We have not protested against drone attacks for the last ten years… to high court or supreme court judge had or has the courage to block American News Channels and American products because our Government and our Judiciary are a bunch of perverted eunuchs… who lack the balls to stand up against those who can bust their asses (just like our bloody coward suicide bombers who target the unarmed hapless civilians or how the brave TTP Talibans beat up women and children and helpless to show the world how macho and strong they are!).

    The Truth is that this whole banning of 800 plus websites on religious grounds is a farce. This is actually to serve political purpose. Everybody knows how the political leaders and their pimps were being exposed on these social / media sharing portals. Its a last ditch effort by these scums to hide their perverted sins and characters. LHC has made a fool of its self by imposing this ban without engaging professionals like media lawyers, human rights groups, “Actual” Ulema, Technical people and public support groups before taking such big and stupid decision. Sometimes I wonder if these Judges are those people who could not become anything else in life… like intellectually challenged???

    Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) himself never punished anyone who insulted him… rather he forgave them and won their hearts with kindness. So on what examples from Prophet’s life have our Government and Judiciary taken this decision?

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