LHC bans Facebook while protests continue

Published: May 19, 2010

Pakistani students shout slogans against Facebook during a protest in Lahore. (AFP)

Pakistani students shout slogans against Facebook during a protest in Lahore. (AFP) Pakistani students shout slogans against Facebook during a protest in Lahore. (AFP) The Lahore High Court has temporarily banned Facebook till May 31.

KARACHI: Protests are taking place across universities and colleges in Pakistan against social networking site Facebook, as the ongoing controversy surrounding cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has reemerged.

Muslims across the world were offended by a Facebook page which declared May 20 a day to caricature Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Despite a growing surge of protests, Facebook opted not to remove the page .

Earlier on Wednesday, the Lahore High Court (LHC) temporarily banned the social networking site Facebook till May 31 across the country.

The court issued the order after an Islamic forum of lawyers sought ban on access to the popular social networking site for holding a contest of drawing caricatures on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

President of the forum Chahudhry Zulfiqar demanded strict action against the site, saying that the competition would hurt religious sentiments of the Muslim community.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has said that it will block the social networking site after receiving a notification by the IT ministry.

The telecommunication authority officials on the other hand urged the court to ban only those pages showing the offensive drawings.

Roots of the controversy:

The controversy began after the creation of the above mentioned Facebook fan page after a Seattle-based cartoonist announced she was organising a Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) cartoon drawing contest in response to Comedy Central’s decision to censor an episode of South Park which had depictions of the Prophet (PBUH).

Muslims were outraged by Facebook’s failure to remove the page despite multiple reports of abuse against the page to the Facebook administration. Consequently, calls of boycotting Facebook on May 18, 19 and 20 were made on many forums online to protest against the hosting of the event.

Enraged individuals have been also trying to search for hackers in Pakistan via mass SMS messages and Twitter, to hack the Facebook servers.

Uproar in the local blogsphere:

The popular Pakistani technology news blog ProPakistani spoke about how Facebook was violating its own terms and services. Popular blogger Awab Alvi also made a similar point in his blog:

“Bloggers and Twitters in Pakistan have been “reporting” this page to facebook for the past 3-4 days and no result has taken place it is without doubt such hate speech groups are in clear violation of their terms of service specially item 3.7 which states:

3.7 You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence

Awab Alvi also stated:

I believe this might be a good case study on how tolerant Facebook administration might actually be. On one hand they are quick to delete the facebook page of a civil activist group [Peoples Resistance] which was organizing street protests in Karachi on the mere whim that we might be promoting hatred and violence, while in reality we were peacefully protesting against a military dictatorship, our democratic right – that group was deleted quickly and the administrators were issued warnings, this group continues to reign supreme raking over 34,400 fans since April 25th.”

Another blogger Sana Saleem writing on the Dawn blog called for rational action:

“Let’s act rationally once and for all, and help change the trend of the freedom-of-speech excuse being used to justify discriminatory campaigns. Most importantly, let’s sort out the issue of representation. The Muslim community at large – and not a fringe, extreme element – should retain the power to decide how to react to such situations. If our stance is that of peaceful condemnation, then we must rid ourselves of those who behave otherwise. The “Draw a Muhammad Day” campaign appears to be nothing more than a desperate attempt to incite and provoke Muslims – let’s not give them the satisfaction.”

Reader Comments (104)

  • Asad Hasnain
    May 19, 2010 - 11:26AM

    commendable act !! face book should also be banned due to other reasons as well like wasting so much time of the youth now days and projecting a virtual life far from reality,, i guess its not good!! Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 11:57AM

    Finally – a unanimous decision on something. I just hope Facebook takes this seriously and follows its own TOS.Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 11:59AM

    First of all the site is not holding the said competition. Out of the 400 million members of facebook the number of people who are members of the said group count as a tiny tiny percentage of the websites total membership. If you dont like what’s available on the internet dont search for it! By this logic the internet should be banned all together. Does anyone think that facebook is the only place where pictures depicting the prophet are available? Recommend

  • A-Rehman
    May 19, 2010 - 12:01PM

    This is a decision of LHC, i must appreciate but, in my view* this site should pe permantly banned in Pakistan.
    We Pakistanis have adopted it so much that , according to rough estimates, every 5th student in an University/College is using facebook. Even the elders too.
    Recommend

  • muhammad usama ali
    May 19, 2010 - 12:13PM

    remarkable act by bothRecommend

  • Shabah
    May 19, 2010 - 12:14PM

    Till May 31st only? They should ban it permanently.Recommend

  • Amir Hamza
    May 19, 2010 - 12:17PM

    Perhaps it would be better if Muslims removed themselves from Facebook. Is there any point in being part of a group that does not respect your beliefs?Recommend

  • Mahvesh
    May 19, 2010 - 12:21PM

    What gives the courts the right to ban a whole networking site based on what some individuals have uploaded? By the logic, shouldn’t they block YouTube as well? How about Google, since it gives you results for all kinds of things? If I choose to waste my time on the internet, that’s not anyone’s concern but mine and no one, not even the LHC should be allowed to take it away. This is by far the most wrongful decision taken by any entity in this whole saga, since it takes the responsibility to decide what’s best for you instead of figuring that you have enough brains to decide what’s right and wrong.
    Facebook is not holding a competition – some individuals created it. The reason they’ve given for banning Facebook is flimsy and ridiculous and makes no sense at all. Recommend

  • Salem
    May 19, 2010 - 12:30PM

    lol ban permanently? haha i don’t think thats going to happen! what’s next? throw technology out of your house and start living in caves? (I still remember when the danish cartoons were made there were messages around to ban their products but NOTHING was done) the action has been taken and the pages will be banned… but it wont stop haters from creating websites/pages etc. some how they always make it through? ever wondered why? facebook is just one platform, there are thousands of mediums through which these troublemakers use for such heinous act! want to make a different? think globally not locally. sad state of affairs being witnessed today. just my two cents! Recommend

  • Kamran
    May 19, 2010 - 12:43PM

    The Lahore High Court (LHC) temporarily banned the social networking site Facebook till May 31. While the action is commendable, I believe this is not a long term solution as such deplorable things will continue to happen. We all need to think rationally not emotionally and in that way we will be able to fail the agenda of the conspirators playing with our sentiments.Recommend

  • Nida Gulzar
    May 19, 2010 - 1:22PM

    Dear Sir,
    Facebook started off good but if you clearly study it-it is quite boring. I am very amazed when my friends tell me that they spend full days on facebook. Since I saw a group called “Destroy Islam” I am not using facebook. I tried to convince many of my friends to not use it either. Many stopped. Now a collegeue of mine is trying to hack Facebook. The LHC did the right thing.

    Nida GulzarRecommend

  • Sana Nasir
    May 19, 2010 - 1:23PM

    I agree with Mahvesh. The individuals who created the group got the reaction they wanted. There is enough hate out there and if anyone wants to find it they can, be it facebook Google or Youtube. There are stories from The prophet’s own life where people have behaved violently towards him and ridiculed him. If his patience and tolerance hasn’t taught Muslims anything yet then I don’t know what will.
    I personally didn’t know if the existence of such a group until the ban group appeared, nither did thousands of other facebook users. The Draw a cartoon group may have recruited members but its the ban group that made them popular, made it more daring to go ahead and join the offensive group just for the sake of getting a reaction.
    What happened to the tolerance that Muslims are supposed to practice? If people think that facebook or in fact the whole of the internet should become inaccessible to Pakistanis then its we who are losing out. The right reaction to the offensive group would have been NO REACTION, they don’t deserve the attention they’re getting. Its what they wanted in the first place. They got it and much more. Congratulations LHC, you have proven that there are weak people in this country who cannot let their faith stand up against an attention seeking group of people of no consequence.
    This is the worst decision that could have been made. Imagine if instead they released a statement saying “Go back to work and stop wasting time looking for offensive groups on facebook, we will not let something this frivolous affect us.” What a world that would be.Recommend

  • Nida Gulzar
    May 19, 2010 - 1:24PM

    sir you should also ban facebook from your site.Recommend

  • Fawwad Shafi
    May 19, 2010 - 1:25PM

    This is the height of Stupidity! Now anyone who didn’t even know about the competition will know. More publicity for them. Also, it will further malign Pakistan’s name. Live and let Live. Lift the ban! Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    May 19, 2010 - 1:41PM

    Stupid decision. First off it’s not facebook’s fault. Secondly, the LHC should not ban facebook in it’s entirety, and actually it shouldn’t even ban that page in pakistan (and that goes for all regulatory bodies). The Media should remain free, and the government should not ban anything. Like others said, by this logic, ban the whole internet, since offensive content is bound to show up. Recommend

  • Jami
    May 19, 2010 - 1:48PM

    Well in that case internet has hosted so many offending sites, showing all sorts of objectionable martial to our young generations. It is spoiling our populating thus access to the whole internet should be banned, it should be considered highly unethical to single out one forum and ban it for a single user’s inappropriate action… or is it that we just chose the convenient way out.Recommend

  • Tariq
    May 19, 2010 - 1:52PM

    OK, so by that logic the world should boycott Pakistan, because all the terrorists seem to come from Pakistan; so naturally its Pakistan’s fault. I salute all the commentators here who agree with the decision. It is because of smart people like you that we have progressed so much. Keep it up and soon there be nothing left.Recommend

  • Sami Ullah
    May 19, 2010 - 2:12PM

    This is a good decision of lahore high court. Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 2:19PM

    thats is simply great decision.
    ThanksALLAHRecommend

  • Z ali
    May 19, 2010 - 2:31PM

    i have just checked the facebook it is still fully accessible.
    SAB GOL MAL HAYRecommend

  • Syd
    May 19, 2010 - 2:33PM

    People have lived for millions of years without facebook :-) though, its need or lets say usage especially in pakistan (where our youth need extra hard work than ever) is negative. I am not sure if banning it is the best of all ideas but somehow restriction on its usage is good, and if someone wants to find out about their friends or family – just call them, or better write them an email or even better – a handwritten card/letter??!?! it shows the length one has taken to get in touch.

    I don’t get it – why would someone wants to get in touch with their friends of family whom they have not spoken in years … :-)Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 2:34PM

    Please: Don’t visit those pages. Don’t go to their site. Stay away from it and ask friends to stay away from it. That’s all you can do …

    Banning a site for such reasons is doing nothing but mocking the whole concept of freedom of expression and tolerance that all religions teach (at least that’s what i was told to think!) …Recommend

  • Saad
    May 19, 2010 - 2:44PM

    I hope no one from the international community notices this decision by LHC..they’d make so much fun of us! and they’ll come up with more groups..that’ll directly ‘attack’ us and call us the most narrow-minded lot!Recommend

  • Nadir El-Edroos
    May 19, 2010 - 2:46PM

    For everyone arguing that Facebook should be permanently bad because people are “distracted” and not “studying” is that Facebook fault or is it their own lack of self discipline that they get easily distracted? Typical response – no one is forcing anyone to login to Facebook. Its personal choice! Who is the government to play nanny and decide what to access or not! I am surprised how easily people are willing to give away their right to information wholesale. If one was to push the government to bad websites unilaterally, it will set a dangerous precedent, allowing it to ban whatever it deems “inappropriate”. Then who will be worse off? Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    May 19, 2010 - 2:54PM

    The ban on facebook is rather childish from a court of such high esteem. Knee Jerk reactions like these have led to making issues like these huge and enabled the perpetrators to earn millions of dollars.

    As far as LHC is concerned they have just made the said competition become headline news in national and international media Bravo for doing the advertising campaign.Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 2:55PM

    May 20 Controversy: How Muslims Should Respond & Why I will not boycott Facebook on May 20, 2010 http://j.mp/may20approachRecommend

  • Ayaz F. Farooqi
    May 19, 2010 - 3:23PM

    I do not really understand what this ban will achieve. Will this stop those who are conducting this highly deplorable competition. Surely not!!! This decision is like the Ostrich burying its head in the sand and hoping the storm will go away. Recommend

  • Faizan
    May 19, 2010 - 3:27PM

    Really Appreciated …
    LHC have made a great decision …

    People didn’t know that how much they are generating from very hit of these pages, billions and billions of dollars and now they have to suffer huge losses in just two days …Recommend

  • aisha
    May 19, 2010 - 3:34PM

    PTA and the it ministry shud ban FB 4 ever and this should have been done much earlier
    Recommend

  • Shabih
    May 19, 2010 - 3:44PM

    That’s appreciable action !!Recommend

  • Shahzeb
    May 19, 2010 - 3:44PM

    Those who are against the ban on facebook should search for alternate ways to access Face Book. Those who are in favor of Ban should deactivate their account on Facebook (this facility is available on facebook). No need to fight on such issue.Recommend

  • jahanzaib.haque
    May 19, 2010 - 3:50PM

    Please keep all comments short or link to your extended opinions. Regards. (Web Editor)Recommend

  • mohammed imran
    May 19, 2010 - 3:58PM

    great decision…
    we should support LHC…china also ban facebook…google and youtube..Recommend

  • sultan
    May 19, 2010 - 4:02PM

    In my humble opinion at least majority are unanimous and at least this has created a desire to study and protect our religion Recommend

  • M. Shahbaz Butt
    May 19, 2010 - 4:10PM

    facebook earns 47% of their from Muslim users.so try to damage them by deactivate your account from facebook.
    and LHC verdict is appreciated and PTA should follow their decision and not try to search new excuses.Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 4:13PM

    Putting up any kind of ban on information access is stupidity, rather we should respond with intellect and present the truth. These are the modern day tools of communication and we should use them to turn the tables over. I’m totally against the ban!Recommend

  • KM
    May 19, 2010 - 4:16PM

    The issue is NOT facebook, it is the importance you tie up to a particular subject. Do people have the guts to ban the VVIP movement? Do people have the guts to ban all government organization from using air conditioners? Do people have the guts to get the governement to pull down prices of essentials. By banning facebook, you are simply serving to the objective of giving it importance which is what they direly require, as this thrives their business. In order to ban a subject for its controversy, learn to ignore, as that will cripple the objectives behind it in the world today.Recommend

  • faraz adil
    May 19, 2010 - 4:26PM

    Face Book Must be blocked forever (why should we give wings to those to fly high??? cut it now forever)

    Save our Identity plz. Recommend

  • M.Ali Baba
    May 19, 2010 - 4:28PM

    i dont agree with the blocking facebook..we need to make facebook realize that it should follow its own Rules..and block such violent contents. Recommend

  • Haseeb
    May 19, 2010 - 4:29PM

    The decision of HC is correct. FB is also responsible for this as thousands of people has reported abuse of this page as its being used for spreading hatred but they didn’t took any action. HC has passed the orders but PTA is not acting on it they are just waiting for notification from ministry of IT.

    for the people who are just dying because of facebook ban because how would they pass their time as they don’t have anything else to do… don’t worry its temporary ban would be lifted on 31 May. Recommend

  • Aloo
    May 19, 2010 - 4:32PM

    All you people who are calling for a facebook ban don’t deserve to be commented on. This entire exercise is appallingly stupid and shows why this nation can never progress.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    May 19, 2010 - 4:47PM

    The more information we as students can get from the internet, the better it is for us as a thriving nation. IT (Information Technology) is our forte as it comes to most of us naturally. We musn’t ban any website, it only allows us to learn more about what the world has to offer. An educated/well brought up individual will make the right judgment on whatever issue there is at hand. Decisions like this will always make my country a backward and third-world nation. This is an upsetting and immature action.Recommend

  • RW
    May 19, 2010 - 5:11PM

    Just another reminder of how we are bending over backwards to accomodate the collective need to enact disturbances for the sake of superstitions. Ridiculous lot we areRecommend

  • Waqqas
    May 19, 2010 - 5:46PM

    I shut my account 2 days back,… now its time for Govt to restrict this site forever in Pakistan!!!Recommend

  • Aloo
    May 19, 2010 - 5:52PM

    I would like to thank the Lahore High Court for making Pakistan look more extremist and more narrow minded than it already is.

    Those who think facebook is a waste of time should simply delete their accounts and those who think it is not, continue using.

    I would suspect that the 40-year olds sitting in the PTA or in the LHC had no idea what facebook actually is before calling this order.Recommend

  • Jawad
    May 19, 2010 - 5:59PM

    Yah, now also block Google and other search engines cause they still index blasphemous content and also block mail services cause they can still be used to share blasphemous content. Wait a minute, why bear all the fuss and let’s just block the whole Internet and call it a day. Recommend

  • H.K
    May 19, 2010 - 6:09PM

    Banning this country from Facebook will benefit them from what (both the country, and facebook)?
    The country – It isn’t making any effect to the workings of HC, it is not giving them any sort of high credibility, it is just a push towards extremism. Isn’t it? How far can the HC take it? Ban it from blackberries, and Iphones too? What about after the Muslim controversies and issues in America after the 9/11 attack, were the American Visas banned?
    Secondly, every Muslim is liable to his/her own belief in Allah. Every individual is liable to tackle such an issue in their own way, who are the high courts to come and force anything on any Muslim? Who are they to come and ban a very popular forum because of a “group”, why not take a flight to Seattle and start a protest there because that would make at lease some sort of a difference, right?
    I think every Muslim has been taught to ignore those who mock us, our Prophet (PBUH), our religion, and our Allah, and not to start going hay-wire at some event. Yes, if they come throw the sketched paper at you, you should maybe take some sort of an action there.
    And as for Facebook, they have a gazillion other users. Hypothetically, if ALL Muslims (let alone only Pakistanis) do quit facebook, the website may still carry a million users.
    I am against the event, but from my heart, and that is what Allah needs to know and which is what He does.
    Sadly, our superiors forget what our religion, and culture have taught us.Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 6:10PM

    I think banning Facebook is a foolish and extremely embarrassing move. Here’s why: http://umairkazi.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/the-facebook-ban-why-ignorance-is-bliss/Recommend

  • ayub
    May 19, 2010 - 6:21PM

    banning facebook is completely ridiculous!Recommend

  • Azeem
    May 19, 2010 - 6:31PM

    I’ve lost respect for the courts now.Recommend

  • Tariq
    May 19, 2010 - 6:49PM

    just a thought. have any of the comments made a difference to your opinion or life. i didn’t think so. so why would the group make any difference in your life. you did not create the group, however you are promoting the group. stop and think please.Recommend

  • Syed Saaday Ali
    May 19, 2010 - 7:01PM

    Proud on the act of LHC for declaring a ban on facebook.com, They should ban the site completely until they issue a public apology.Recommend

  • sadsid
    May 19, 2010 - 7:29PM

    interesting how some commentators have mentioned what a time waster & distraction Facebook is. what about TV , cable channels & pirated movies – arent those distracting them? did ppl stop watching Indian movies & listening to hindi songs when the Gujrat violence happened. by the way i think Salman Rushdie must be smirking over this news…Recommend

  • Shuaib
    May 19, 2010 - 7:56PM

    I congratulate the Court Decision. At least they are awake and have sensitive mind because it is not a common matter. It is the most important thing in life of any Muslim because the Respect and Love of Prophet (PBUH) is the base of Islam.

    Facebook Should be banned forever. Look at the history and story behind facebook. Draw Muhammad Day is not an act of a small group of people but a strong jewish lobby is behind that. they are doing all the things………

    When we “Log In” into facebook, read or write posts, upload or visit photos or videos, or whatever we do on facebook, facebook earns Dollars on that. So if we Muslims boycott facebook then they’ll have serious loss and they wont think again about such rubbish….

    I am doing my own part and deleting my account from facebook. Because using facebook is no more important for me then supporting to generate revenue for these people.
    Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali
    May 19, 2010 - 7:58PM

    all those of you Muslims in Pakistan who think the ban on the entire Facebook is unjustified should rethink for a couple of vital reasons: one, had PTA not banned the entire Facebook and banned the specific URL instead, what difference could that have made for Facebook administrators or more specifically, for the perpetrators of this heinous act, would that even minimally be judged as lodging a protest of any kind?

    Two, say, that link is supposedly banned now and our access to the rest of the Facebook is exactly the same, what is the guarantee that they will not make another page depicting such abhorrence to the max? Thirdly, and the most eminent one have we lost our faith in Quran or what, a few days ban has worn you out and the whole life devoted by our Holy Prophet (utmost peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) for the sake of our betterment in this life and the Hereafter easily escapes your anima?

    It’s actually hurtful, we all ought to be proud of getting the whole of Facebook banned in Pakistan to exhibit to Facebook administrators a befitting reaction for hurting our sentiments but the fewest of us hold views otherwise for plainly they can’t give up their worthless habituality of surfing Facebook for this pivotal cause. I plead before the All-Powerful that upon them all, a little rain of understanding may fall.Recommend

  • Neha
    May 19, 2010 - 8:22PM

    This was the need of the hour…I will really appreciate this bold attempt of LHC…Though the decision of banning it only for 10 days is disappointing.
    I really don’t understand how this site is useful or informative. I personally think that banning it wouldn’t have caused any harm to anyone in any way.Recommend

  • H. Mapara
    May 19, 2010 - 8:55PM

    It should be ban for next few weeks so that it could result a financial loss for FB that they are earning from Pakistani Advertisers.

    I fully support this Ban. This is the right decision taken by the honorable court and the government. Recommend

  • meena
    May 19, 2010 - 9:25PM

    banning facebook will make us look more narrow minded than what we are depicted to be only pakistan banning facebook is wrong other muslim countries should join us to in order to show the infidels we are all together in this and they should atleast not violate their own laws and remove this page. Recommend

  • waqas
    May 19, 2010 - 9:32PM

    No other Muslim country cares. Why do we take the responsibility to protest? Its because we have nothing better to do obviously !

    If you are offended – dont use facebook , its that simple !! I thought we were told that the devil would entice us in every way possible – but were we told a violent reaction is a must??

    If we paid this much attention to the poor, we wouldent be a third world country today (and we would not be going backwards economically i.e. 12 hour power cuts!)

    Thanks for the over reaction guys.Recommend

  • mareeha
    May 19, 2010 - 9:53PM

    you would have said so if the high court wouldn’t have banned facebook…there are some people who are only in habit of criticizing no matter what…they cannot help themselves…
    GOOD JOB LHCRecommend

  • sadsid
    May 19, 2010 - 10:22PM

    @Shuaib whose comment is posted above: do u really believe that banning facebook in pakistan is going to cause a loss to the ‘West’ & ‘Jewish lobby’? maybe if we quit kfc , pizzahut , mcdonalds , hardees , walls icecream , surf excel , colgate toothpaste , pepsi maybe then this mite have an impact. Let us know when you do so. by the way i hope u know the internet via which u accessed the etribune site wasnt excatly developed by Ibn-e-batutaRecommend

  • mareeha farooq
    May 19, 2010 - 10:30PM

    some people are in habit of criticizing…if a good decision is made we all should appreciate it…you would have shown the same reaction if the HC wouldn’t have banned it…sorry guys you can never be happy!!!Recommend

  • Pakistani Aaloo
    May 19, 2010 - 11:17PM

    Lets just block the entire internet for fear of western culture invading our homes and corrupting our maaein-behenein and thwart this jewish-zionost-western-indian-japanese-american-christian-martian conspiracy to steal our great atomic power by making us waste time on facebook while keeping in touch with our relatives, friends or even parents who might be living abroad.

    Boycotting facebook was the right thing. Blocking it was the stupidest decision I have heard of this year. The levels of ignorance that our courts and maulvis reach are astonishingly appalling at times. No wonder there is so much intolerance against us. Who in their right mind would tolerate a people who use their feelings to think and their brains to scheme against themselves!Recommend

  • May 19, 2010 - 11:20PM

    I strongly support the LHC decision on banning facebook. Since FB has shown discriminatory behavior it must be blocked forever in Pakistan. read this article.
    http://wickp.blogspot.com/2010/05/top-ten-reasons-you-should-quit.htmlRecommend

  • Chankd Khan
    May 19, 2010 - 11:25PM

    Its an adoreable decision by the Lahore High Court. The LHC has banned it till 31 may. Its a very cogent reason. we all must salute the judge who has tried to restore the respect and honour of beloved Holy Prophet.
    If the west is so tolerant then they should lift the ban on holocaust keeping in view their right to freedom of speech. This freedom of speech is only applicable to Muslims across the world???Recommend

  • Disgusted
    May 19, 2010 - 11:39PM

    The Western Media is having a field day over this stupid move. I wonder why don’t we see the protests from the bearded brigade when their co-religionists maim and kill others unabashedly in the name of their religion. Recommend

  • Nabeel Amin
    May 20, 2010 - 2:15AM

    Facebook should be banned forever!Recommend

  • sarah
    May 20, 2010 - 2:47AM

    this is an act beyond all shame from the non muslims, and then they make a hue and cry about where religious fanatics appear from and what fuels their acts, well i guess they just might have found their biggest reason.Recommend

  • Haider Riaz
    May 20, 2010 - 3:53AM

    This ban on Facebook should go on for life; must they understand now that Muslims won’t allow them to commit this kind of ridiculous cum disrespectful activity appertaining to their Prophet(P.B.U.H.) and in fact, they have never had. Freedom of speech has never to be aligned with being disgraceful to anyone held in such high regard in all Muslims’ hearts. Thank you!Recommend

  • masood siddiqui a.k.a faisal
    May 20, 2010 - 3:57AM

    well its good to see some action been taken by LHC against this act of facebook….which certainly shows we muslims r still united under one shelter…..but in the middle east there r some places where u can access to facebook like qatar and dubai etc.Recommend

  • Afzal Khan
    May 20, 2010 - 6:55AM

    All those people out here who argue that baning facebook isnt rational since the same than applies to internet and google are wrong…First of all, Internet is a network without any central authority,it is a collection of diferent networks without any central control, hence you cant entirely ban internet just because one or more of the millions of users posted something offending or derogatory.

    Facebook on the other hand is a networking site owned by a certain company and has laid out certain rules to be followed by its users.These rules are often enforced too.True not all facebook users are involved in this provocative act, but a strong message should be sent to those in control of facebook, that this act of religious hatred and discrimination is not acceptable.

    As for the question of how this ban is going to affect facebook financially or otherwise, i think thats not the point here. At the least, baning of facebook should be seen as our effort to mark our protest.Recommend

  • Tariq
    May 20, 2010 - 9:47AM

    @Mohammad Ali
    Have you ever heard of tolerance? Do you know that it was one of Muhammad’s (PBUH) traits. Do you also know that the reason for Islam’s success earlier on was because of tolerance, equality, justice and freedom for all. The prophet never forced his opinion on anyone.
    If they have created one group, let us create hundreds or even thousands of groups opposing them, condemning them, or highlighting the virtues of Islam and the prophet. That would have been the right reaction.
    This… this is just ridiculous.Recommend

  • hooter
    May 20, 2010 - 10:48AM

    hey they have blocked wikipedia as well? i am not able to access it.. its says site restricted!!
    we are back in zia’s era of censorship i tell youRecommend

  • Tariq
    May 20, 2010 - 12:26PM

    I am hearing reports that youtube is also blocked now. Is this true?Recommend

  • Ali
    May 20, 2010 - 1:44PM

    Only pakistan has banned FB and youtube…………..SHOCKINGRecommend

  • Rizwan
    May 20, 2010 - 2:43PM

    A real foolish act by the LHC, PTA, and the Ministry of IT.Recommend

  • Aftab
    May 20, 2010 - 3:04PM

    Common guys. Why are we behaving like kids. Face book is not the only place where such things are available. Better dont visit such sites instead of banning everything. If some one thinks face book a waste of time he/she should not use that. Better we call out ambassador back from Scandanavian countries as a protest against the drawing of the carricatures instead of banning websites. Where are we heading???? Thats not the way how nations register their protests. Recommend

  • Aurang Zeb
    May 20, 2010 - 3:36PM

    Ban the facebook permanently. Also the sites which promotes hate for any religion.Recommend

  • Farhan Nadeem
    May 20, 2010 - 4:08PM

    This morning, may God forgive me what I saw on Youtube from my own eyes was reproachable, I am gladly convinced that Youtube, too has been banned. It’s a war they have waged against our belief, we will not sit quiet and let them mock our belief.Recommend

  • Maryam
    May 20, 2010 - 4:09PM

    good decision…
    should be banned permanently….Recommend

  • Tariq Khan
    May 20, 2010 - 7:26PM

    @ Afzal Khan
    totally agree with you Facebook is not internet and a strong message should be sent to them by protesting any ways possible.

    For all the champions of freedom of press and freedom of information, try to post an article/book in any western country regarding the HOLOCAUST CONSPIRACY and see what happens. Recommend

  • Smanz
    May 20, 2010 - 8:24PM

    PTA = Pakistan Talibanization AuthorityRecommend

  • Smanz
    May 20, 2010 - 8:40PM

    PTA = Pakistan Talabinazation AuthorityRecommend

  • Kashan Ahmed
    May 20, 2010 - 8:44PM

    I just can’t believe how many people in this country are so lame that they actually believe in internet blockade and lauding this stupid decision by LHC.

    I am no means appreciating what that page has to offer but banning facebook or any other website is just an attack on freedom of speech and information.

    If we Pakistanis are so grieved about this situation then why not report that page and force the face book authorities to ban the page. But all we can do is shut our ears and eyes and give them more publicity and make ourselves a laughing stock in front of the world.

    No wonder we are producing so many terrorist, who are ready to kill people rather than convince someone with logic and rationality.Recommend

  • Usman
    May 20, 2010 - 9:01PM

    FACEBOOK KHOLOOOOOOOOOOOO :@Recommend

  • sahar saqlain
    May 20, 2010 - 10:02PM

    Great decision by LHC; the reason was totally logical.Recommend

  • Babar
    May 20, 2010 - 10:30PM

    Our beloved Muhammad(PBUH) has been critisized and all of you want Facebook????…………We muslims are the biggest enemy of ourselves……….PAK should ban these websites… finally pak government acted like a mature stable country..Recommend

  • Sadaf Fayyaz
    May 20, 2010 - 10:46PM

    Banning any network or channel and making it a political sound doesnt make any sense.. For all supporters of ban,, where were u guys when Salman Rushdies un-Islamic clips were still there at You tube? was it banned? nahi na?? then why becoming Islamic now? Where was the respect that time? Where was PTA that time? 100s of forums and websites have such content.. Has PTA even blocked them? Double standards and fake values of our people…..Recommend

  • Naheed
    May 20, 2010 - 10:53PM

    We are only being fooled by our politicians,,, thats it…. “Awaam ko unki problems mein magan rakho” and enjoy yourself….wow hats off to them… what a strategy/// I guess Ismat Chughtai afsana had an un_islamic sentence too,, was it banned? NO… still available in markets and book stores…Why to blame Face Book and Flickr? Is the leftist work by any author banned in Pakistan? Does PTA sleeps that time? the issue is only some political one…Musharraf announced his 2 lac fans on Face Book, so PTA banned it.. Orkut even has such un-islamic contents… Wake Up PTA and LHC:::Stop fooling people….There are thousands of friends of mine who earn from social networks and e marketing… all is gone now,,, RIP Social media Analyst jobs;;;;;;I remember a fiction story “Ulta Darakht” by krishen Chandar… All is true now….Recommend

  • Usman Aman
    May 21, 2010 - 1:39AM

    There Are Positive and Negative Points for all things but there is no positive point in face book and no one can say that it is good in associating in study or job or assignment or any working life so why we should waste our time for a rough thing, and the user who use face book I clearly say that they are not only enemy of Islam but they are also enemy of pakistan and enemy of nation and destroying nation and Money Time which required Pakistan by them and please give your time to country welfare please please

    Face Book In The Islamic Point Of View

    by islamic point of view it is totally wrong due to wrong atitude about our beloved Personality HAZRAT MUHAMMAD PEACE BE UPON HIM so we should avoid use of face book.

    Face Book In The Economic Point Of View

    by economic point of view face book is time wasting and destroying young generation because 98% students waisting there time in it.

    Face Book Is the Complete Plan Against PAkistan

    we pakistani are waisting our time on the FB by browsing and playing games on it. by this we waste our time out of study and out of work.Recommend

  • ESS ESS
    May 21, 2010 - 4:37PM

    Haha Usman !! Hats off to you !! I have heard non sense like conquering moon was a plan against Muslims, Guessing the gender of baby inside a womb is anti-Muslim too and planning a family is the most evil act against Islamic teachings but your statement that entire facebook was a plan against Pakistan cracked me up. May I ask why did you exclude whole Muslim nation and got Pakistan as a target alone?

    Wake up !! The world is so busy with their lives that they don’t have time to conspire against your small presence in universe. And for our country ?? Pakistani’s are doing the damage good themselves. Do you ever feel bad when come across the goddamn game of declaring sects kafir by opponents?? when you make fun of Hindu devi dewta in your theatre jugats, when your whole text books are filled with hatred against Hindus? Start respecting other religions then demand respect. I would say Jesus and Hazrat Ibrahim were looped in Islamic chain so these fanatics keep a lock on their mouths, except them all other religious icons are being mocked and refuted in every possible way.

    I read a good line in a blog that if whole facebook is bad for a tiny tiny group then all Pakistani’s are terrorists because of some muslim militants. Feel the truth !!Recommend

  • Madiha Saleem
    May 21, 2010 - 4:54PM

    That was great decision taken by LHC.. This is the first good thing they ever did in all their political history..
    Now as for those who are against this ban can u all ppl seriously tell me one thing? are you ppl r really this much “concerned” abt pakistan’s image in the international world or its just the frustration bcz “you” ppl can use “Facebook” for next few days?…
    As far as the image of pakistan is concrened its already bad on international world so dont take tension about this…Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 4:54PM

    I think other Muslim countries must also block the sites containing blasphemous material.Recommend

  • Madiha Saleem
    May 21, 2010 - 4:59PM

    That was great decision taken by LHC.. This is the first good thing they ever did in all their political history..
    Now as for those who are against this ban can u all ppl seriously tell me one thing? are you ppl r really this much “concerned” abt pakistan’s image in the international world or its just the frustration bcz “you” ppl cant use “Facebook” for next few days?…
    As far as the image of pakistan is concrened its already bad on international world so dont take tension about this…Recommend

  • ESS ESS
    May 21, 2010 - 5:58PM

    Hey by the way just read a column by that drama anchor Amir Liaqat Hussain, where he ‘reveals’ why facebook’s F is not capital. LMAO
    I would rather kiss a mad cow than to kiss the tv screen which is full of extremism and drama.Recommend

  • Bangash
    May 21, 2010 - 8:05PM

    Facebook is not a Pakistani website and not subject to Pakistani laws. This is a cheap gimmick while real issues of Pakistanis remain unresolved.

    Pakistanis should learn patience and peaceful protest and not to simply go mad and destroy everything.Recommend

  • Bangash
    May 21, 2010 - 8:15PM

    @M. Shahbaz Butt
    Where did you this figure of Facebook getting 45% of its revenue from “Muslim users” ? Thats sounds like a bogus SMS to me. Facebook is not a Pakistani website and most of the world’s Muslims live in utterly poor and underdeveloped countries, where they have no access to a computer, let alone Internet.

    This ban only makes Pakistanis look like a laughing stock and closes their windows to the world.Recommend

  • A.F.
    May 21, 2010 - 8:34PM

    I have a question for all the people who are protesting on streets. have youse guys ever used facebook or internet in your life?

    If you have infection in your finger & your Dr. says that it should be cut out so will you cut the finger only or whole arm?

    If a person is selling illegal/ban product in his shop will you only close the concern shop or the whole market?

    There are many defamatory things available on the internet its up to the user to access it or not. Many people didn’t knew about the competition but our own nation create hype of it.Recommend

  • Sobeyah
    May 22, 2010 - 4:02AM

    SHame on u all for given priority to your desire to have facebook back , businesses and revenues over Prophet PBUH. how selfish of you!
    And FB’s is a culprit because it didnt take down the page after at least 100,000 people reporting it, while it instantly took a an anti Jew page down before its fan even reached 1000. Prejudice. if anti jew page was taken down within a day bcoz jews were offended then why this page was still there after several days?? think! because people like you dont respect our religion, that is the reason no one else respect it! facebook spat on your faces by taking no action despite huge number of people reporting the page. Facebook is not the en of the world! Have guts to take a stand for the Prophet PBUH who used to cry and prayer for his Ummah(US) To Allah THAT Allah should not given any misery to his Ummah rather all his Ummah miseries should be given to Him PBUH. Muslims, its heartwrecking that you have lost your ideology and religion is taken for granted.sad, very sad!Recommend

  • shirmeen
    May 22, 2010 - 2:15PM

    Are you ppl MUSLIMS? Have some shame , even if a group of jerks tried to come up with this kind of competition , WHY Facebook didnt stop it…. as they never expected this kind of reaction from Muslims of Pakistan…. LHC did a long awaited decision and this community should knw that when we unite we R a POWER ,36HOURS and 2BILLION EURO LOSS for them, this is wht Pakistan is and can do we just need to stand up against them that they caanot take US MUSLIMS for a ride any more when it comes to ISLAM and our HOLY PROPHET [P.B.U.H] we will teach them a lesson.

    Shirmeen KhurramRecommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 12:30AM

    A great decision by LHC and PTA banning face-book.those who are saying that banning wont help need to think a little.well we Muslims are about 47% of face-book users and we have been asking face-book to stop this event but face-book was just ignoring us. If we unite and leave face-book all at once face-book
    looses 47% of its users. with this i think next time something like this event happens face-book will
    listen to us and will give importance to our beliefs.
    and those who are worried because of LHC this has become and international issue and its completely ridiculous think again this is what happen after 9/11 and result Islam is the fastest growing religion today and im sure you all will see more reverts to islam Recommend

  • Mazen
    May 24, 2010 - 1:34PM

    salam…..last night i was listening radio fm 89 and i was very much surprised to know that the host of that particular show was very dipressed with the decision taken by the court.he was of the view that we have to show tolerance.Tolerance means compromise and i dont think a true muslim who loves his prophet very much tolerate these kinds of pathetic stupidity things and why should i.previously the denmark cartonist showed disrespect towards our beloved prophet and i think we were seccessful in tolerate that too.We didnt did anything with that issue and now some1 is initiating something towards this issue and i dont say whole of our youth but many of us is of the view that we should tolerate this situation,we have to be rational on this issue and have to think critically that why are they doing with us.lots of people is of the view that they are smiling on us after this decision and there should not be any kind of banned imposed on facebook,i think they are addicted with facebook and rationalizing there statements with the help of these so called statement.Recommend

  • faisal pasha
    May 31, 2010 - 1:18PM

    i am missing facebook don’t know when it is restored.Recommend

  • Bisma
    May 31, 2010 - 2:40PM

    i believe that the site should not have been blocked as it is not the fault of the site manager but the person who dared to make the “draw mohammad day”….people are getting afected…the person responsible should have been taken to court not the hole network…Recommend

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