Pakistan's list of blocked websites swells

Published: May 21, 2010

KARACHI: A list of over 370 websites that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked ISPs to block was obtained by The Express Tribune, while PTA spokesperson Khurram Mehran has confirmed that the total number of blocked sites has reached 1,000.

As of Friday, the list contains addresses of 242 proxy servers used to bypass banned websites, as well as at least two Twitter accounts, several news stories (including those published by Fox News and Washington Post) and multiple blogs (hosted by Blogger and WordPress), nine Wikipedia pages and 15 Google Image results. Additionally, some Flickr accounts are also included in the list.

The vast majority of websites are all related to the “Draw Muhammad Day” controversy and news reports or opinion pieces on the issue. The blocked Twitter accounts are those containing the name of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

When asked whether Twitter, Google and Gmail had been blocked, given that a number of internet users had reported seeing Access Denied messages when trying to use these websites, Mehran clarified that:

“The two websites that have been blocked are Facebook and YouTube, and only specific objectionable content has been blocked from other websites. These websites are working and have not been blocked. These users should lodge complaints with their ISP.”

However, according to Aleem Bawany, GM, Online Strategy & Development, Express Media Group:

“All websites on the Internet are identified by a web-address such as www.facebook.com. The URL merely serves to provide a user-friendly way or identifying a website. Machines then translate these friendly web-addresses into IP numbers. The Pakistan Internet Exchange (PIE) setup with the primary purpose of blocking websites uses an IP-based filtering approach to block websites.

This basically means that it can only block entire web domains such as facebook.com and it does not yet have the capability to block just individual links such as www.facebook.com/blashphemy/.

The ramifications of this are that users are denied access to the entire website because of just a single offending page on that website as is the case with Facebook.”

The devil is in the details:

All traffic in Pakistan goes through a single gatekeeper: Pakistan Internet Exchange or PIE for short. PIE has the ability to only block any given site within a matter of minutes but it also has the ability to eavesdrop on any Internet user in Pakistan.

Freedom of Speech evangelists will tell you that the Internet cannot be censored. Once news breaks on the Internet it can never be taken off. This is because of the decentralized nature of the Internet. Hundreds of websites will run the same news story, images or videos. Trying to plug each one is an exercise in futility.

But each time there is any form of centralized command-and-control, freedom of speech and the Internet’s model in general are compromised. PIE is a centralized authority setup with the primary purpose of Internet censorship.

The reason PIE can censor Facebook as easily as it did is owed to two facts:

1. large sites are centralized even though the Internet at large is decentralized. There is only one Facebook and blocking that single Facebook is a matter of adding one website to the blacklist.

2. PIE monitors each and every single website request originating out of Pakistan because the current infrastructure in Pakistan is setup to route all traffic through PIE’s computers.

The latter is much scarier than it sounds:

PIE has the ability to monitor any single person at any given time and see what they are searching, emailing, browsing and downloading. This can be done over a matter of days, months or even years. PIE can do this for an entire household, an entire corporation or even a town. And they can do this very easily because it’s all software driven.

But the full picture is scarier still:

In the past the Pakistani government has not made any secret of the fact that it tried to outsource the task of PIE to Malyasian IT companies. PIE itself is a single point of failure and if it goes down, all Internet traffic out of Pakistan would be stalled. And there have been incidences in the past where PIE has even been the victim of hacker attacks from India and still continues to be a target for spying adversaries.

It is only a matter of time before PIE is compromised and everyone in the country along with it. And for all it’s worth, it may still be silently compromised.

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Reader Comments (218)

  • May 21, 2010 - 5:05PM

    The Great Firewall of Pakistan !!Recommend

  • S.A.R.A
    May 21, 2010 - 5:06PM

    We are doomed!Recommend

  • zain
    May 21, 2010 - 5:08PM

    it is very good that pakistan telecomunication retrict the facebook and youtube.Recommend

  • Sadia Ali
    May 21, 2010 - 5:24PM

    Ban the Internet and take Pakistan to the dark ages. Something like North Korea. Stupid idea!!!!!!!!!! even the blackberry browser is blocked. It’s astonishing, isn’t this a democratic country? This is similar to what happened when Musharaf declared emergency and blocked sites and tv channels. Bad bad decision. God save this country from these intolerant fundamentalists. Recommend

  • Nadir El-Edroos
    May 21, 2010 - 5:24PM

    Christmas came early for this government! No more anti-Anything to worry about nowRecommend

  • ExPain
    May 21, 2010 - 5:26PM

    Wow is this really true??? If compromising attacks have happen in the past why dont Paki govt improved the facility instead of puttin our privicy on the line by outsourcing the entire division?? Recommend

  • Dauphin
    May 21, 2010 - 5:31PM

    Which Wikipedia articles were blocked?Recommend

  • Marks
    May 21, 2010 - 5:35PM
  • May 21, 2010 - 5:45PM

    Blocking Wikipedia too!!!
    If they could only understand the ROLE and IMPORTANCE of these websites in the lives of the ordinary!
    Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 5:50PM

    it is very good that pakistan telecomunication retrict the facebook and youtube.i wish to blocked these sites for ever in pakistan and also blocked in every muslim countries .
    they dont know who we are
    we are the Muslims.Recommend

  • Aun
    May 21, 2010 - 5:51PM

    You say that “PIE has the ability to monitor any single person at any given time and see what they are searching, emailing, browsing and downloading. This can be done over a matter of days, months or even years. PIE can do this for an entire household, an entire corporation or even a town. And they can do this very easily because it’s all software driven.” Every ISP has had the ability to do this for years – not sure what your point here is. The FBI developed the Carnivore system during the Clinton era to monitor e-mails, etc., and there is commercial software available to do this now. So how is Pakistan any different? Heard of the USA Patriot Act?Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 6:09PM

    In Some Aspacts PTA has done a Great Reaction. But the Other part is those who are addicted to these websites. I think Govt should launch such projects for the Pakistani People Around the world.Recommend

  • Tariq
    May 21, 2010 - 6:13PM

    This is indeed scary. so the plot thickens. however, given the “juggar”-ness of this nation, i am sure its not long before PIE has the capability to block individual links instead of the whole domain.Recommend

  • Muhammad Rashid
    May 21, 2010 - 6:14PM

    This is a death of Facebook , YouTube and cartoonist. Recommend

  • hassan ejaz wyne
    May 21, 2010 - 6:16PM

    banning a few sites like wikipedia facebook or youtube is not gonna take any nation to the dark ages,especially a site like facebook which has not only made people fatter than before but also may result in hate crimes,owing to the fact that hate groups always have opponents and proponents,although the incidents of violence originating from a stupid website like facebook may be rare,but look at it yourself,for a minute forget the religious aspect and consider the human aspect,freedom of speech does nt mean a person can just go on insulting or hurting very deeply embedded beliefs of any society,freedom of speech backed by freedom of thought,what can one do about the thoughts of any extremist belonging to any culture religion etc,in a world which is constantly traveling towards its doom with such a high speed,making such groups,celebrating such blasphemous incidents,hurting one of the worlds largest communities,what is the sanity in that ? respect is mutual,people who do not respect their roots respect nothing,people carrying out emotional violence on other communities are also terrorists, freedom when goes unchecked turns into chaos,got to have a balance in everything.the sites were rightfully banned and this should have happened a long way before,i hope they stay banned.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 6:26PM

    it is very good that pakistan telecomunication retrict the facebook and youtube.i wish to blocked these sites for ever in pakistan and also blocked in every muslim countries .
    they dont know who we are
    we are the Muslims.
    This is the voice of not only our borther Farooq Javid, but Our Whole Muslim Community……
    Block Facebook, youtube, and all those websites that represents these dirty people of the Earth……Recommend

  • Aleem Bawany is incorrect.

    PTA does have the resources to block/ban dub domains and individual links.

    Proof?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page is not blocked anymore but the blasphemy page is blocked.Recommend

  • Sub Domains*Recommend

  • ayaz
    May 21, 2010 - 6:29PM

    Not all Internet traffic exiting Pakistan goes through PIE routers. Most, yes. But not all.

    You quote someone in the middle of your article as asserting that PIE routers do not have the ability to filter by content. Incorrect. Application-layer filtering has been around for ages. Your entry-grade Desktop firewall applications, available gratis, have had such features since a long time.

    In the latter parts of your article, you assert profoundly that PTA has the means to monitor not only the who and where, but what of any traffic that passes through them. And, you state, it is all automated. Unless you stated that merely to debunk the quote you included earlier, I am not sure if you notice the inconsistency in your argument that you’ve created here.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 6:39PM

    Love your Pakistan.
    Pakistan ZindabadRecommend

  • Naveed
    May 21, 2010 - 6:42PM

    I respect Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and its decision which have been taken lately in the honor of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and in favor of more than 96% Muslim population of Pakistan; no matter who cries and justifies their curiosity for availing access to that repulsive sites. Wherever this repulsiveness is being carried on, PTA shall be quick to block it as per the wishes of Muslims of Pakistan for whom primarily the country came into being. I am confident a religious person belonging to any religion will detest the promotion of hatred and violence discharged therefrom.Recommend

  • jahanzaib
    May 21, 2010 - 6:50PM

    Dear friends,
    PTA has taken a good step to block Facebook and YouTube because they don’t understand the worth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)in our lives.
    don’t worry we will find better alternative and we would develop our own site which are better then above.
    But this is a time to show unity.

    Think about it ………we are Muslim first……..Recommend

  • Naveed
    May 21, 2010 - 6:58PM

    100% agreed with Hassan ejaz wyne Recommend

  • zulfiqar ali
    May 21, 2010 - 7:06PM

    Banning facebook is good here in Pakistan but what are other muslim countries doing???? Recommend

  • muhammad sorosh
    May 21, 2010 - 7:11PM

    i am very doomed that our prestigious ip service is doing a very nice job by blocking youtube and facebook ,but interestingly both of these sites are working 100% on my cell. can pta tell me wahat firewall they are using?Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 7:13PM

    really great decision taken by PK govtRecommend

  • Beena
    May 21, 2010 - 7:35PM

    Why even need alternatives Jahanzaib!! we’ve had passed great lives in past even without facebook and youtube!! haven’t we??
    I’ve been a facebook addict!! even then..
    I salute PTA for such action.. Google also had some blasphemous content on it.. hope it is in consideration for being banned too!!
    n one more thing.. these sort of sites shd be banned forevr.. cox its not first event on Facebook or other sites.. these ppl.have been doing so for the past whole decade!! (em talking abt the whole internet n ppl. behind such activities) beng such sites banned forever wnt be a harm to us!! Rather we’d be happy enough not to go through such blasphemous content even accidentaly!!Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 8:09PM

    Why are porn sites still available in this great Islamic Republic of Pakistan… But not Facebook?Recommend

  • Hina
    May 21, 2010 - 8:14PM

    What’s funny is that the majority protesting probably don’t even know what Facebook’s all about. Recommend

  • Ali Sharif
    May 21, 2010 - 8:30PM

    In a recent development, it looks that Facebook has taken down the controversial page, which had caused protest from Muslim world, across the globe.
    Yesterday evening page went down for a short span of time due to some glitch, which was later fixed.
    As anticipated, there are other pages already created with same aim, which they are calling back up pages.
    Its quite long since the page hasn’t appeared back – so we may consider that Faecbook ultimately decided to remove the page. However, Facebook blog hasn’t published anything relating to the issue to officially confirm the removal of blasphemous page.
    CNN’s report confirms (though un-vetted story) that Facebook has withdrawn the page from its website.Recommend

  • Tayyab Raza
    May 21, 2010 - 8:44PM

    I heard that Facebook removed that insulting page.
    now listen guys we demanded two things :
    1) Appology
    2) removal of the abusive content

    We got both
    so the ban should be lifted… !!
    and whats the guarantee that if we make another website then it will not be invaded by those cartoonists ???

    so its better to sit and talk, then banning this and restricting that … :))Recommend

  • Rizwan
    May 21, 2010 - 8:47PM

    Good step taken by government. As a Muslim one must show the anger of the insult of our beloved Prophet(SAW).

    Their are millions of Pakistani users of facebook and all are running good until this bad event was arranged by some violent peoples. Which means that there is really something fishy in that event that allows the government to take this step.

    Another thing is that facebook is only a social network … it is not something that helps in generating revenue to the country or something that one cannot lived without it. So banning this site for some limited time atleast shows the anger of Muslim countries.Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 8:55PM

    By the way some of our champs had already develop a replica of facebook. Try following URL http://www.pakfacebook.com — Unfortunately this site is also not opening (because government has ban the word ‘FACEBOOK’ … you cannot even search the word ‘facebook’ on google :p)

    Whenever these blockage will be lift then do try pakfacebook.com — good work done !!Recommend

  • Faisal
    May 21, 2010 - 9:18PM

    I think blocking Facebook was ok because it is a social networking site and relates somewhat to luxury.
    Besies that, Facebook must have some policy set for restricting material which may hit religions(all) anyway. “Freedon of Expression” does not mean, you start saying whatever comes in your mouth. There are some moral limits to it which facebook must follow.

    Regarding banning of YouTube/Wiki does not look ok because these are knowledgebase and Search engine sites and lot of students daily use it for their study material help and guide.
    In this age of Internet, we cannot stop using whole internet if someone tries to provoke our feelings by putting/displaying some condemned material in one corner of web.
    PTA must have blocked only YouTube/Wiki links which are showing such banned material but they should’nt have blocked all as it is affecting lot of students and knowledge seeking individuals.
    I think they should review their decision regarding YouTube/Wiki.Recommend

  • Mirza Sultan Ghani
    May 21, 2010 - 9:37PM

    great work done by PTA we selute them

    must remain sooo

    very very goodRecommend

  • Hassan
    May 21, 2010 - 9:54PM

    Its not about facebook or youtube. Its about CENSORSHIP. Its about giving right to the govt to curb civil rights.
    SHAME on the judges who gave the decision, and shame on the ppl who dont understand the difference between a boycott and enforced CENSORSHIPRecommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 10:08PM

    Google and Gmail were partially blocked due to the blockage pf Youtube as youtube and gmail use same IP pools, but this issue has been resolved nowRecommend

  • Sadaf
    May 21, 2010 - 10:13PM

    RT @Hassan Its not about facebook or youtube. Its about CENSORSHIP. Its about giving right to the govt to curb civil rights.
    SHAME on the judges who gave the decision, and shame on the ppl who dont understand the difference between a boycott and enforced CENSORSHIP….Agreed Recommend

  • Syed Bilal Abbas Naqvi
    May 21, 2010 - 10:31PM

    Well there is a control line and a restriction on Facebook and Youtube in Pakistan in reaction to a certain event that was horribly unethical and anti-Islamic and it was obivious for every sincere and devoted Muslim to show reaction. Anyone whose having issues against this restriction has the right to come up with his/her point of view but atleast with a good logical reason. All i can say is that its a matter of few days so let facebook incur a handsome loss so that they get an idea that there still are Muslims in this world….Recommend

  • WAJEEH
    May 21, 2010 - 10:37PM

    hey well its good to block face book and utube lemme just ask u 1 thing only u have blocked these sites but wat about those sexy websites sorry to use this language. why are they not blocked?? Recommend

  • fahim
    May 21, 2010 - 10:44PM

    This is not a solution .Lot of local public business related to it filed so due of this we make a problem for our peoples dear why can our authority cant have ability to talk and give answer simply its make problem for our business I lost my lot of connection and my portfolio also due of this . I am not agree with this dissection. Actually some unqualified MULA’s why can’t say to closed Nude web sites.
    Just unqualified leaders and bad dissection.Recommend

  • fahim
    May 21, 2010 - 10:47PM

    I think if its ok so why all pakistani try to leave use computer its make by kafir’s.Recommend

  • Fahad Asmat
    May 21, 2010 - 11:09PM

    Very good decision by LHC to ban Facebook & YouTube.
    MUSLIMS CAN DO ANYTHING FOR PROPHET MUHAMMAD (S.A.W.W.) Insha’Allah!Recommend

  • Kamran
    May 21, 2010 - 11:09PM

    FAcebook have around 450 million users.
    There is a very popular application FArmville by a company on facebook which have aroun 200 million facebook users
    Recently Facebook change some policy which Farmville doesn’t like and threatened to put off there application.Then Facebook have to come on knees and take there changes back.
    Why can’t we make such application and let have some control to threaten them. or is it better to put our necks in the sand like ostrich.
    Israel is making most of countries there slave just because of there education and skills.Recommend

  • Nazish
    May 21, 2010 - 11:24PM

    Those sites should be permanently blocked in All Muslim countries which raises voice against our religion and our Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H.
    Everything in life is important either work or a country’s progress but at least being a Muslim we should First respect our religion and most importantly our Prophet P.B.U.H. Nothing else is important than this..Recommend

  • May 21, 2010 - 11:30PM

    That is good that PTA blocked youtube as well facebook too. But there are many sites still doing this bad things like orkut have many profiles that are against our Prophet Mohammad P.B.U.H as well so many sites are still live. They should research on it and should block all the possible sites for ever as norr youtube is helping and noor facebook is helping of peoples to generate money they are just poor knowledge sites. Bette to keep block them forever. I m just confusing Pakistan take this action but why not other countries did this ? in iran site is already blocked from past 1 year, but there are so many muslim countries no one else taken this action why ?????????????Recommend

  • Ali Sharif
    May 22, 2010 - 12:04AM

    Many peoples are taking this ban as censorship and mass scale violation of basic human rights.
    This apparently is a clear indication that either government adopted a bad policy or maybe not in the right way.
    Prophets’ Drawings [PBUH] were enough to ban Facebook (according to Pakistan’s law) but luckily, Pakistan had a chance to convince the world that this ban was not only due to the drawings, but due to Facebook’s discriminatory behavior and its apparent support for the Drawing content.
    We have discussed before on how facebook didn’t listen to over 100,000 complaints while on other hands banned holocaust denial page in 20 minutes.
    This point was never preached by the government; resultantly Facebook is enjoying the heights of media hype even after it violated its own Terms of Services.
    How funny is it that Facebook wanted Government of Pakistan for contact before banning it in the country, while ignoring the fact that it didn’t bother to hear the pleas of thousands of Muslims.
    Why is this so that Pakistani is always brought to knees? But this time – it was lack of knowledge/reasoning instead of a real sin.
    Just as an example, watch following video of Dr. Yasin’s interview for “Aaj Karman Khan kay Sath”. Chairman said it was Ministry and ultimately the Court that ordered the ban – he sounded like, PTA had nothing to do with all this. He failed to defend that this ban was productive (if it really was).
    Also note how Mr. Kamran Khan was exaggerating things in his traditional manner, without knowing the fact that protests in other Muslim countries was also on the rise.Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 12:10AM

    I solute the pakistan govt on doing this great work which is blocking the sites. we are above 180 million and we can live without any forign help because GOD ALMIGHTY is always with us.
    if someone will do this kind of irresposible work we will go always agaist it. because we love our prophite and we can die for HIM.Recommend

  • Ali
    May 22, 2010 - 12:16AM

    I believe people at PIE are kinda dumb..:) wanna know why..It took them a day to figure out how to block Facebook and now when they have blocked everything (They think they have) they still can’t stop users who have basic computer knowledge. Being a person of IT field, I can assure that they cannot stop people from accessing the websites :).

    I condemn the ban on Facebook/Twitter/YouTube.

    Happy Blocking PTA !
    You just can’t stop us :)Recommend

  • farah gul
    May 22, 2010 - 1:00AM

    those people who think that pakistani govt should block the specific content because whole website blockin also block other valuable website as well.i m request to such one who are able to block only specific content should help or give suggestion to the pakistan’s govt to block specific content.facebook,orkut and many othr websites advantages are much much less than there large number of disadvantages.
    i m requesting to pakistan’s govt block these stupid websites forever.Recommend

  • Muhammad Aayan
    May 22, 2010 - 1:17AM

    Well first i was in favor of banning the whole facebook and wikipedia, but now i think that if there was something wrong going on a page of facebook then on other side many things good were also on their way. I m not supporting that blasphemous act, but by banning the Facebook completely we are giving the subject so much hype that if previously there were 50,000 people going to watch and appreciate that satanic page, then now because of so much media hype more than 100,000 people are visiting that page daily, which is indirectly favoring facebook. Yesterday there popularity was 0.1 % down because of ban in Pakistan but today its 0.1% up, http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/facebook.com, and its just because of so much hype. In other words we are indirectly marketing the Facebook in the whole world. So i guess PTA’s action was right at some points but banning whole website is i think not good. Many different types of small businesses were active and were running there business from facebook but as the site has been banned so they are also facing losses. I guess PTA should open facebook and youtube now except all those satanic pages…. Recommend

  • Tanveer Ahmed
    May 22, 2010 - 2:08AM

    Waooooooo……..
    Its a great a great job by PTA. Non Muslims do nt know the honour of Prophet Mohammad PBUH even there own Prophet they all senseless people. If you give them economic deficits than they will shake there head. They do nt know the power of Muslim unity now we will see . My & T Guys are paying hearty thanx to PTA. And arrange some maga project for there own websites.

    Thanks and Regards

    Tanveer & T GuysRecommend

  • Haider
    May 22, 2010 - 2:10AM

    why youtube? facebook should be blocked, no doubt about that; but for most of us youtube was more good than evil. and guess what metacafe is blocked too!youtube helped me alot in projects and assignments, now from where the hell i am going to get these videos when metacafe is blocked too?? Recommend

  • Asif Haider
    May 22, 2010 - 2:13AM

    For God sake! What the hell? Facebook has been banned well its ok as they must know when they commit such stupid things but what about other links like youtube and other useful sites because for researchers, students, teachers and entertainment depended on them why to restrict them isn;t this to take us to stone age. NO NO NO NO NO. Its just emotionalism. blasphemy of facebook is no doubt a shameful act but to block others is same level of unwisely action.Recommend

  • faizan
    May 22, 2010 - 3:05AM

    Am extreamly astonished to see couple of comments by fellow muslim brothers and sisters……! How ignorant can we be….! Shame on people who think that these website shouldn’t be blocked..!
    Couple of people are saying we should have rather adopted tolerance policy instead of banning these sites. Question is very simple who are we to decide weather to adopt tolerance or not. When God has prescribed A punishment for such a crime ( which is a death penalty) then why are we demanding tolerance . lol….. IF we cant get hold of those people of are involved in this crime then minimum we can do is show our outburst and reaction which can damage our enemy the most>.. Keep oneself in mode of denial wont do any Good :)..Recommend

  • Kamil
    May 22, 2010 - 4:37AM

    ISP’s and PTA have blocked the sites….really…think again..sorry but there are many other way’s to Unblock the sites using proxy changers the program called Tor or Onion ring and site filters data encryptions stuff like that, trust me PTA is not that smart, banning the sites does not work, like facebook they got over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day,More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month. Americans spend 13.9 billion minutes a year on Facebook and five billion minutes on MySpace.
    If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia, So you really think Facebook care about us, 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, the creator/owner of Facebook, as the world’s youngest billionaire, worth 1.5 billion…There are more than 800,000 developers building applications for Facebook.
    Basic human right “Freedom of speech doesn’t have such restrictions and limitations” really, In Iran websites like these are banned for few years and for many Iranians, the Internet is the only public arena where they can share and exchange their thoughts, Since 2002, the Islamic government has employed a highly restrictive filtring system, effectively banning many websites and weblogs for Iranians inside the country. The state controls all Internet Service Providers (ISPs), resulting in the most censored Internet sphere after China.
    Is that what we really want, think again “Unfiltered and open internet access is a right that all people around the world are intended to have as embodied in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”, People should be getting censorship education, not banning sites, it’s all about the perception of our mind, which through we see and develop our lives, all this technology wireless internet 3G connections this is all for something and we cannot stop no matter how hard we can try because its a part of a human evolution, we need it that’s why we invented it.
    “Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks”, its just like a journey of a thousand sites begins with a single click. Recommend

  • umer hassan
    May 22, 2010 - 5:41AM

    This is Good. But I M very sad that they block youtube….Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 7:03AM

    Well great, See this is our way of doing things the wrong way always. We had this issue on Facebook and the Govt. opened it’s eyes and directed PIE to shutdown “Facebook” because it’s bad for everyone. Hey but what about the “Pornographic” content which has been running in the vain’s of the Pakistani Internet for a decade and no one bortherd to stop it, It caused so many young minds to go bad, It caused those internet cafe’s videos to come up on the surface which started a series of killing of people who were involved in the act .. and suddenly we have a firewall system just like “China” – Oh well I guess PTA also watches some of it in it’s free time right !

    Why our corporations are so much corrupted and full of retard people.Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 9:09AM

    its good Recommend

  • tariq
    May 22, 2010 - 9:23AM

    I am Happy now, Facebook should be blocked forever, Unity can do every thing,Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 9:47AM

    very GOOOD to blocke the sites.but we should blocke their life toooo.
    DO MOOOOOREEEE PLEASE such as eligal sites !Recommend

  • sam
    May 22, 2010 - 11:13AM

    Great effort by pakistani govt.
    well keep it up.
    and condemn this event.
    we love our PROPHET S.A.W.W Recommend

  • Ijlal Hussain
    May 22, 2010 - 11:15AM

    Proud to be Pakistani !!!

    China progressed without Facebook and Youtube….Why cant we..???

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN….Recommend

  • Zuberi
    May 22, 2010 - 11:35AM

    Cisco 7200 routers & 6500 class of switches (Hardware with PTA / PIE) . The information about not having the hardware capability to block a specific URL is incorrect. This could possibly be a case of technical incapability to do so.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_censorship – govt’s around the world use censorship, we are no exception.

    Secondly, the news about internet monitoring is about 2-3 years old if not more. This started with our famous partnership of “war on terror”

    Also, you need to filter comments before they’re posted on the website!Recommend

  • Hasan Adil
    May 22, 2010 - 11:47AM

    Banning was not the solution…..They Say Tauheen e Risalat…I accept it..But what does actually the word “tauheen” means IT SIMPLY MEANS DIS RESPECT …..now I want to ask all of you people here…

    Do we completely follow the Islamic code of LIFE??…BIG NO!!! Isn’t that TAUHEEN too that we just avoid PROPHET MUHAMMED’s (S.A.W) teachings and just live the way we want to Dont you think we just show no respect then also to our beloved Muhammed SAW not following his teachings ;’(????…

    I Want to know why ever in the world PTA didn’t take any kind of action against all above 18 websites which are still accessible???? Wasn’t that Tauheen too?? Islam never teaches us that. Why the Indian cinema was allowed to be displayed here in our country..??? That’s HARAM too?? Y NOT THEN??
    This caricatures scenario is in the air for the past 2 years…WHY PTA never took any prompt measures against that…WHAT ARE THEY TRYiNG TO SHOW…THEY EVEN RESTRICTED THE BLACKBERRY APPLICATIONS….Despite of improving we are falling down again. If they really want to prove themselves JUST WIND UP THE INTERNET SERVICES FROM PAKISTAN…LET US LIVE LIKE SLAVES which we already our. STOP ASKING FOR THE AIDS from the foreign world…just cut yourself by all the connections. WE ARE THAT NATION..WHO ARE NOT EVEN BLESS BY A SINGLE HALAL WHEAT GRAIN…WE PAY INTERESTS, %ages blah blah blah…HUH !!!! Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 11:50AM

    i think this is the first time ever this nation has taken a step against such anti-muslim act apart for just “JALSAs and JULOOSs”. i am a facebook app developer my self but i think its a good step to let the world know that Pakistanis are still alive as a nation. By the way those who are condemning this act thinking of it as just to lock down freedom of speech must acknowledge that this step has already made the news and people at facebook are already thinking about it. In past two days they have already suffered millions of Euro loss because of their advertising model which charges based on number of times add has displayed and clicked based on geographic location. Although the authorities who have done this have no clue of what UNINTENTIONALLY they have done (you would agree if you have watched AAJ KAMRAN KHAN KE SATH ON GEO) and called it as just the action upon court’s order, i think credit must be given to Pakistan’s SOMEWHAT FREE JUDICIARY.Recommend

  • M.ADIL S.ASLAM
    May 22, 2010 - 12:14PM

    I think Pak govt has no right to block any website

    first cz they cn’t control us
    they r our servants

    secondly we knw how to defend ourselves
    govt has many other issues to see

    wt r they doing abt those issue?Recommend

  • Muhammad Noman Saleem
    May 22, 2010 - 12:29PM

    Ya! it’s really a massive slap on the face of western evils!!!!!Recommend

  • Yasir
    May 22, 2010 - 1:01PM

    Good Decision. Every Muslim should raise there voice against these type of insulting behavior from the west. Blocking sites is not gona make any major impact. We should show the west that we love our religion and our beloved Prophet. Block all type of stuff we use for our comfort to benefit the west. regards.Recommend

  • Ijlal Hussain
    May 22, 2010 - 1:17PM

    You all taking against your Govt just because Face book entertainment is blocked….???

    I hope other Muslim countries do the same….Ameen !!!
    At least our Govt showed some courage…

    Feel sad for u guys…

    No Offense..Recommend

  • Waqar
    May 22, 2010 - 1:19PM

    This is the best decision from our Govt.

    although I am never in favour of our Govt. but the decision taken against the enemies has proved that still there is a little Faith(Eeman)in the nation’s heart.

    I highly appreciate banning the SITES. And want our Govt. to bane these Cult SITES forever.
    I am also thankful of PTA and Highcourt of Lahore.

    May Allah increase faith and Love of Islam in our hearts.
    Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • Sumaiya
    May 22, 2010 - 1:32PM

    The Pakistani government for once did an awesome job and took the right step!!Recommend

  • syed
    May 22, 2010 - 2:19PM

    i luv u pakistan..!! Recommend

  • irfan
    May 22, 2010 - 2:26PM

    man!!! its really good infact very very good decision taken by PTA….
    also all sort of nude sides should be blocked as its destroying young and new users of internet…Recommend

  • Farhan
    May 22, 2010 - 2:28PM

    It is really a good step of Pakistani Authorities to ban the wrong websites throughout Pakistan. It is a news that Twitter is also get banned now……
    I was a regular user of facebook. but now i shall never use it insha,ALLAH……Recommend

  • shahzad nabeel
    May 22, 2010 - 3:12PM

    lahore high court rocks.nd credit also goes to PTA.just 2 days loss to fb due to Muslim boycott is 3 billion dollar.Muslims Keep on Rocking.and Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • Eazaz Khan
    May 22, 2010 - 3:21PM

    Great job.Its temporary so its all good. And worth it. And a smart decision. All hail PTARecommend

  • nufshyt fooned aye
    May 22, 2010 - 4:16PM

    the facebook page that caused all the trouble has been deleted [ on fri] thn y is sitll facebook banned???Recommend

  • zohair hassan
    May 22, 2010 - 5:13PM

    I really do not understand why people think that such sites should be banned permanently. It is absolutely ridiculous to ake such statements as ‘we are the Muslims’ and ‘it’s good they should be banned permanently’. There are so many things to consider living in this country but all we care about is something that has drama or some sort of higher ‘Islamic meaning’, because we the Muslims of the Islamic republic of Pakistan are responsible for everything that goes wrong against Islam. Treating women unequally, corruption, theft, rape, honor killing and various other things that are actually the problems that exist int this country have no significance, in fact it is Islamic to not account for these things. furthermore, there are extremist Islamic groups that are actually causing harm to the image of Islam, Muslims and Pakistan but it is sad that we are least concerned about these groups when compared to such problems as danish cartoons or salman rushdie. I think the Pakistanis should look at the more immediate problems rather than try to serve the purpose of Islam. I am sure that Islam does not like such hypocritical people. Recommend

  • JK III
    May 22, 2010 - 6:30PM

    Pakistani government paying extra attention to unimportant affairs and totally neglecting important ones; nothing new here. What makes me sad is that majority of public is with them. I think all the people supporting this ban are the ones who only use facebook to play farmville. They would rarely use wikipedia, flickr, etc. They don’t get the “internet”. They don’t understand the consequences of this kind of censorship. And most importantly, they are delusional; they think this act will put an end to the hatred these people have towards Islam.

    The good news news is, internet is blocked for all those “farm-ville players”. For others, there is an infinite list of proxies. I think the next step for PTA would be to ban the internet altogether, just like North Korea.

    Also, isn’t it ironic that these so called “protectors of Islam” have blocked facebook, wikipedia, filckr, but you can still visit all the pornographic websites?Recommend

  • naureen
    May 22, 2010 - 6:49PM

    oh plz ppl get ut facts straight facebook is not losing money cuz of this whole fiasco, in fact there are reports tat shows tat they will c increase in there user traffic cuz of this free publicity
    @rizwan facebook is not jst social networking site, its a way to do business for those who dont hav lot of money to put commercial on ur tv screen. if u dont even know tat than i can imagine how far n wide ur knowledge is. also stop using Holy Prophet(p.b.u.h) name in all ur over emotional reaction cuz as far i know He(p.b.u.h) was a person of tolerance n patience.imagine if in His(p.b.u.h) era , He would hav stopped doin business wid kafar cuz they were abusive towards islam than where would b muslims rite now. it was His(p.b.u.h) patience which proved tat tolerance is mightier than sword. first bring urselves to the level where impulsive decisions don’t result in harming ur own country and nation than react infact over react n it will b ok with us.Recommend

  • ali
    May 22, 2010 - 7:37PM

    Pakistan Telecommunication Authority(PTA) has taken a very good step towards blocking of these things as the facebook organised a hilarious event which plays with the intentions of Muslims. This step is also very good because it urges youngsters to design Muslims community. I think facebook must be blocked in pakistan so that young generation may not waste their time on usless activities…..Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 22, 2010 - 7:44PM

    this is not a good decision. Government must block the page not the site u know there is lots of informations in sites like Wikipedia,blackberry, YouTube . You know we Muslims must set our mind
    in the way that those who has done this worst work will go to hell definitely. We Muslims must united and concentrate on Islam and do all things in the circle of Islam. It is a lot’s of good reason:
    like we will we successful in the judgement day.
    We will be successful in our this life as well. I wish u all the best for
    eating halal and believing in Islam. It will also this kind of rubbish work with the grace of Allah Almighty. God bless u Recommend

  • pakistani
    May 22, 2010 - 8:16PM

    Whatever blasphemous acts being happening around the world these days prove the fact that Muhammad (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is the true prophet of Allah and was sent for all the humanity. All those involved in these acts will either be compelled to acknowledge Muhammad’s greateness or will be doomed. Muslim world should leave them do whatever they want to do cuz it will give them a chance to study Muhammad and his religion…….and insha Allah the results will be fruitful Recommend

  • Azmat Moeed Siddiqui
    May 22, 2010 - 8:17PM

    Pakistan give the prove that being a great MuslimsRecommend

  • HASEEB AHMAD
    May 22, 2010 - 8:22PM

    i love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ptaRecommend

  • Hassan Tariq
    May 22, 2010 - 8:55PM

    I respect the PTA decision about block FaceBook & youtube. Minimum its show that we have little respect in our hearts regarding Prophet (PBUH).Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 9:15PM

    on this particular act of our government we should proud to be a Pakistani.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    May 22, 2010 - 9:52PM

    @naureen i know very well that facebook is also used for advertising and is also helpful for those who doesn’t have lots of money for commercials. Banning this site for a LIMITED period of time will definitely not wrap-up their businesses – also facebook is not the only instrument to do this.

    I am not saying to totally ban the network but am happy that the anger for the insult of our Holy Prophet(PBUH) was shown in right way (instead of violence/killing/aggression that we have seen in the past)

    If you think that we all must show patience and let all these events got arranged in the future and let them enjoy the funny pics of our Prophet(PBUH) than may be you can do this but most of the Muslims doesn’t.

    Also take care of your own level first instead of being aggressive on judging the levels of others. Allah better knows the levels.

    Are you a big fan of facebook ? :)Recommend

  • umer
    May 22, 2010 - 10:10PM

    i don’t wish to say anything more but just wish to ask our religious elite on what basis they are using internet etc ?? Isn’t pics etc available on google / yahoo and other search engines etc ? So why don’t they boycott their mail addresses etc ?? Is it ethical making hacking attempts by usingi ping command and making internet usage for other users difficult ? Leave up guyz.. Better stop using religion for self motives. Islam don”t teach all this ! I condemn what non-muslims did but i also condemn what we are doing. Avoiding technology is not a solution. What would you people say to a reply of a non muslim which he made at washington post blog to publish such form of content all over ? Man somethings are tackled by diplomacy and tactics and not by stick (which you people are used to of using at home )Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 10:31PM

    Proud to be Pakistani for Blocking all those sites going against the Islam. By following the way of Allah we will never go to dark ages… We “Muslims” are the one who showed the bright age to the world… Now everyone even America is apologizing to us. Look at the pride of Pakistan. Love you… Recommend

  • May 22, 2010 - 10:40PM

    What else do you expect from internet illiterate Judiciary?Recommend

  • Naveed Babar
    May 22, 2010 - 11:07PM

    @Ali Ashraf Agreed.

    Actually we muslims are weak as whole thats why they are playing with our most respected personalities, I have friends in many muslims conutries and I really surprised when they said they dont no anything about this etc etc, so until we over billions of muslims could nt unite we cant fight them.Recommend

  • Arshil
    May 22, 2010 - 11:52PM

    i appreciate it.you have taken great action against Muslims enemies they don,t want be growth of Islam in west….Now all the Muslims should thing about it bcoz its matter of defane Muslims Recommend

  • Farhan
    May 23, 2010 - 12:35AM

    Yet another attempt by the govt to muzzle freedom of information…they see themselves being paraded in the streets… that day is not farRecommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 1:47AM

    Correction :
    Dont search any stuff on google or any other search ingine . It can be a key to hell.
    and searching anti islam is just an example.

    (i missed that point from last 8th line)Recommend

  • Arslan
    May 23, 2010 - 10:21AM

    why youtube are blocked….Ban the Internet and take Pakistan to the dark ages.God Save This Country…Recommend

  • Osama Pervaiz
    May 23, 2010 - 12:47PM

    I would say that blocking specific sites such as FB may be a good move by our Govt. as most of the people in Pakistan had been wasting loads of time on these communities. They would be better off utilizing this time else where constructively. However there are pros and cons to every thing, some may be using it to find and stay in touch with old pals they have lost contact with.

    However i would really criticize blocking Wikipedia/youtube. If the Govt. is so concerned about explicit material they would have blocked some contents of it, not the site. Youtube for many people is a very useful site, in terms of getting important online lectures / nuggets / documentaries. It depends on person to person how he uses it. Guess we are moving towards stone age once again. If we consider Sir Syed’s philosophy of gaining benefits from the Gora’s and adopting their good policies instead of ignoring them or their works completely, we are moving in a totally opposite direction of adopting all the bads instead of goods! – result :: miss use of a online facility.

    Most importantly —- If we are really taking a step of blocking explicit material, we should start of by blocking all the Porn / vulgar / explicit material available easily on the Internet in Pakistan. That i call a real waste of life for those who use it!! Ultimately results in a society of frustrated people, increased crimes, indirectly to illiteracy and lack of moral values. We can count a thousand negativities in our society, that are directly / indirectly a result of available Porn sites in Pakistan. We are better off blocking these contents,to maximum if not all, and make our IT infrastructure better enough to monitor such online activities.

    We can compare the stats the harassment incidents in Pakistan to some other Islamic states where this content is blocked, check and balance is kept, and Law enforcement is strong, and equality rights are available to every one. These incidents are on a alarming rise in Pakistan then in other republics i am talking about.

    There is a first time for every hard / good step. Out IT Minister / Govt. should take appropriate steps for ensuring the proper use of internet facility instead of cutting every one off from beneficial sites.

    Right now, I will rate this step taken by Govt. / PTA as “Double Standards”, for allowing all Stray material on the Internet open, while blocking useful ones.Recommend

  • Muhammad Irfan
    May 23, 2010 - 1:05PM

    I only want to say that I can access many of blocked web portals including YouTube and Facebook…though, Now I am not a frequent user to these webs but just try and get access, no rocket science involvement….just access my WorldCall access point via my Nokia E63 WiFi and magic is there.

    Please do check out at your end, Credibility of our PTA & IT Industry under a Question mark!

    IrfanRecommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 1:57PM

    Blocking any website like this means giving up against those all people who are against our culture and Religion . Our government must take serious action about people who are creating these nounsence.Blocking websites means just loss for owner and no effect for those people . Like people says china have blocked a number of sites because they are not allowed but banning website like this shows we gave up.We together be strong to stop this insult of our Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h) Like,facebook is banned only in pakistan but any one can see those pages out of pakistan.Another example i can give you that a criminal enters in a city and police arrest whole citizens.These websites are free to publish any stuff And those people just made use of them.So,if PTA wants to block websites just Search Anti islam on Google.You will get 1000′s of anti islam group so how many websites will they bann or they will ban internet facility in pakistan.
    So my openioun is that blocking website is gonna do nothing except making us fools around the world.As i said,Facebook team took serious action on that page.But,it took a lots of time to delete that page.As it had tons of members.But it was restored by author of page and i saw his comment . it was somthing like this “I had some problem about my page but it is fixed now” Afterwards that page was hecked by a turkish man.After deleting that page .. Its members have made similar pages on facebook which now have only 88 to 100 members.So that thing is in their mind So we have to take stand against those all.If PTA starts blocking these websites,Our country will be ruined .. Many People have heard about website http://www.deviantart.com
    And that page is also created on this website.Many graphic designers publish and sell their art on this website So is PTA is going to ban this also.

    I searched that there are about 5000 Pages about Allah and Prophets on Facebook and only about 50 to 80 anti islamic which are created after that main page . Plese respond on anti islamic websites not just in pakistan.I m talking about world wide.And Be together so no one is even going to Touch us.Recommend

  • naureen
    May 23, 2010 - 2:01PM

    oh my god why do we all in a second jst start judging each other as a muslim. wat i meant by level was economical level as a country not individually, cuz for me personally this blockage doesn’t really matter i can still access all these sites, as well most of my cantacts. but a nation cant grow on the shoulder of 1% of its population, im trying to fight for those who dont even know wat they r losing. i think v r the biggest enemy of ourselves, we dont want to grow as a nation and than v blame it on non-muslims. im not saying tat its all our fault , and i know tat west doesn’t want to c us in a strong position but the thing is they cant stop us if v dont let them.instead v jst play right into their hands.Recommend

  • Hassaan
    May 23, 2010 - 2:02PM

    It’s shameful that in the entire Muslim world only Pakistan did what had to be done to register a protest.
    To all those “freedom of speech” schmucks, I dare you to speak against Holocaust. That’s your acid test. Recommend

  • Hassaan
    May 23, 2010 - 2:48PM

    Free speech comes with responsibility and is a basic human right. However, abuse of this right has often led to hurt, anger and even violence. Why are we mum when some western countries contrary to freedom of speech banned minarets, Azan, veil etc.
    Despicable.Recommend

  • Osama Pervaiz
    May 23, 2010 - 2:59PM

    Still Accessing these websites after these were blocked is a different story about the credibility.

    I have a simple question to all people here…..

    Even if an attempt was made to block these sites,

    why just for informative sites such as Youtube / Wikipedia… where u can find much of the useful material, online lectures etc.

    Why not block the disgusting porn sites to eradicate vulgarity…why not keep check and balances on that too!!! what are the benefits of keeping these sites unblocked??? …

    I see ahead a lot of Good things happening if we get rid of Porn etc or at least make a dedicated effort to control it to a much extent….. a much more civilized and a society free of frustration can come into being… I c … that a lot of harassment incident we see every now or then on TV / News are a bi-product of these easily available Porn / vulgarity on internet!!

    Your Views on this will be highly appreciated.. Recommend

  • mussaddaq amin
    May 23, 2010 - 3:23PM

    i think that it is a good step….Recommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 3:54PM

    Though I am a daily visitor of Facebook, but I appreciate the BAN by the government. This can be called a sensible decision so far in the 2 years in power. Let them know (Facebook) that we have been hurt by the STUPID caricatures. My page was promoting PEACE between India & Pakistan and it was removed in a matter of few hours and this silly page remains there even after being REPORTED time & again.Recommend

  • Faryal Tahir
    May 23, 2010 - 4:59PM

    People should be educated enough to know right from wrong. You always increase demand by baning or blocking stuff. Give full access and people would learn to live at peace eventually. George Carlin (RIP) once quoted
    ‘Thou shalt keep thy religion to thy self’. And its the solution of our major conflicts.Recommend

  • Shahid
    May 23, 2010 - 6:02PM

    I just saw some comments like “this is the death of facebook, youtube and cartoonist” (May be death of cartoonist but not facebook, youtube)

    I also hear that facebook, youtube… have to face great financial loss…and something like. We are won!!

    But to be honest facebook, youtube are very big financial forts. If they are loosing a little money from Pakistan, they DON’T CARE ABOUT IT. Daily transactions of these companies are in millions of US Dollar.

    If we look at our self we don’t have EVEN A SINGLE WEBSITE IN muslim world that has world class popularity and we can fight through our websites. We are using english websites under their terms and conditions. (If their terms and conditions mentioned that nobody can take any action that hearts someone’s religious feeling then we can fight legally)

    I don’t think that banning websites is a practical measure.

    We need to be very realistic and practical and need to take such action that would eventually stop them from doing such actions.

    Wars are won by mind not by emotionsRecommend

  • JK III
    May 23, 2010 - 6:42PM

    I totally agree with Hassan. Shame on the people who don’t understand the difference between a boycott and enforced censorship.Recommend

  • Michigan
    May 23, 2010 - 6:56PM

    strong text
    The people of Pakistan should be OUTRAGED that they are being censored.

    Fight back people!

    It’s not the Governments right to block anything for the people!Recommend

  • Those against the ban, Read This:

    ‘One Facebook, Two Faces [One is Real Ugly]‘

    http://propakistani.pk/2010/05/23/one-facebook-two-faces-one-is-real-ugly/Recommend

  • aHMED
    May 23, 2010 - 8:33PM

    dont block facebook!!!!!!!!!!HACK THE DAMN WEBSITE!Recommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 9:01PM

    wikk is unblocked …. but only some very bad links are blocked … we should support the block … i mean even countries like china has it blocked ….. i was very angered when i read this article … please … read it … it just might make u think…

    http://propakistani.pk/2010/05/23/one-facebook-two-faces-one-is-real-ugly/Recommend

  • waqas
    May 23, 2010 - 9:11PM

    good stepRecommend

  • Prince Of Peshawar
    May 23, 2010 - 9:22PM

    Great step of pakistan gov.we are vary thank ful for this.Recommend

  • Hammad
    May 23, 2010 - 9:27PM

    The government has done something right for the first time. Every site that is against islamic point of view should be banned
    Every of muslims who is against this act will face hell in the next unending world.Also plz be with the restriction made by court.Recommend

  • Rahat Alam
    May 23, 2010 - 9:51PM

    i think its a bad decision because you can not see any of these contents directly when you login or open these sites and its up to you if you want to watch any of these shameless content online and when a person committed to access this content in any way then he can easily access them through 1000′s of different sources. so in my opinion its a bad bad decision.Recommend

  • Samandar Khan
    May 23, 2010 - 9:51PM

    While people are saluting the Pakistani government for blocking facebook… I would like to salute it for quickly resolving the situation at Hunza lake, for ending the violence caused by target killing, for ending hunger in Pakistan and helping everyone find a way to earn a living, for picking people up from the streets and placing them in actual homes, for not being corrupt at all, for upholding the name of the Islamic republic of Pakistan by being helpful to the ummah of the Prophet (PBUH) instead of treating them like garbage and enslaving them, for not considering themselves beyond God and blatantly looting all the money from this ever so glorious nation and not for taking innumerable false oaths in the His name.

    I salute you.

    Peace to all

    Samandar KhanRecommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 10:17PM

    I Appericiate u Sadia Ali. u think positive. Pakistan is going to Dark age day by day. we hate our govt. please open all site for betterment of Pakistan.Recommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 10:26PM

    Yes Sadia ,Arsalan And Faraz you are right.Because whose page seen by 3000 people now those page seen by 3 million people. this is the SAZISH against pakistan.open all sites before 31 may. thats not fair. if situation is same Pakistan will go to DARK AGE.Recommend

  • Samandar Khan
    May 23, 2010 - 10:36PM

    Did you know you can still google the blasphemous material?

    Just a thought.

    Peace to all

    Samandar KhanRecommend

  • Samandar Khan
    May 23, 2010 - 10:48PM

    You know you can still google the blasphemous material.

    Just a thought.

    Peace,

    Samandar KhanRecommend

  • Samandar Khan
    May 23, 2010 - 10:50PM

    Sorry Tribune,

    I was too quick to judge.

    Cheers,

    Samandar KhanRecommend

  • May 23, 2010 - 11:38PM

    Let me share something, They can’t block anything :) and As Ali said.

    Happy Blocking PTA !!
    You just can’t stop us :)Recommend

  • Tanzeel ur Rahman Gazdar
    May 24, 2010 - 12:52AM

    First Time I want to Salute this Stupid Govt. just because of this Remarkable and Golden StepRecommend

  • Mohsin
    May 24, 2010 - 1:47AM

    Good
    great work done by Pak Telecom SectorRecommend

  • Ali
    May 24, 2010 - 1:54AM

    Blocking websites is a ridiculous…
    they are torturing people of Pakistan again and again by doing abnormal things, everyone knows how much important wikipedia and youtube are… Recommend

  • kamil
    May 24, 2010 - 2:48AM

    The total history of almost anyone would shock almost everyone.
    We can wait because “Patience is the companion of wisdom”.
    The real differences around the world today are not between Muslims and Jews; Protestants and Catholics; Croats, and Serbs. The real differences are between those who embrace peace and those who would destroy it; between those who look to the future and those who cling to the past; between those who open their arms and those who are determined to clench their fists…..Recommend

  • M.Asad Ullah
    May 24, 2010 - 8:24AM

    ASSALAM O ALAIKUM

    THIS WEBSITE IS STILL RUNNING……..
    AND CHALLENGING THAT I WILL NOT STOP

    http://everyonedrawmohammed.blogspot.com/Recommend

  • Zohaib Ahmad
    May 24, 2010 - 8:34AM

    People! We have to take one thing into account, This is not the first time those people have started such blasphemy. Blocking of these websites in such case is as useful as censoring. The point is that stuff like this is going to happen in the future. Instead of blaming PTA, we should think of a permanent solution to end any groups or activities on social networking sites, including Facebook. Its time to think of a change, if we dont, such groups and pages will keep appearing in the future. We are the proud Pakistani Nation, can’t we even think of a simple solution to get rid of such blasphemy in the future? Kindly think about it!!Recommend

  • Yamna
    May 24, 2010 - 10:14AM

    I really don’t get this (yes, i kno wut FB is)
    i mean, i don’t get the point. Sure, not seein those damn groups is nice but thats not FB at all!! why do they only look at the bad side of everything! Youtube too! sure there are bad videos on there, just don’t click on them! do they kno how many ppl hav converted bcuz of Utube? (yes, i kno sum)!!Recommend

  • Kashif
    May 24, 2010 - 10:18AM

    Is boycot or blockade of blasphamous websites right solution? Does islam teach us isolation against evil, no it tell us to answer the wrongfull person in right manners, self exile is not preaching of Islam, it persue us to face situation untill last moment.
    If anyone is challenging our noble personality by launching a competition on internet, i think we should show him noblehood and greastness of our beloved personality in dignified manners rather to leave the stone unturned.Recommend

  • zeeshan
    May 24, 2010 - 11:49AM

    Shame on you all of these people who dont live without facebook youtube and other webpage … common they are insulting us .. making fun of muslims … when some 1 anything wrong in west .. they react like dogs … now they are making fun of our religious so we dnt react . shame on u Recommend

  • hunza basharat
    May 24, 2010 - 11:53AM

    very well done… i agree with farah gul, the advantages are less than their disadvantages..it is not necessary to use that types of useless websites, although some idle mind ppl ll definitely loss their entertainment. Recommend

  • Aleena
    May 24, 2010 - 11:55AM

    Pakistan has made a good decision by blocking facebook.I agree that they should’ve only blocked the specified page but that wasn’t possible.

    And if blocking these sights is for the sake of the Prophet, then we as Muslims should fully favour this decision.

    This surely doesn’t indicate that we are going back into the dark ages.Blocking facebook doesn’t make that happen.

    If you’re so desperate to be in touch with others over the internet, use other social networking sites example Twitter, Myspace, hi5, orkut, msn and the list goes on.Facebook isn’t the only social-networking site in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Disgusted
    May 24, 2010 - 1:56PM

    I cant believe people are writing such crap. All those people who are in favor of this ban tell me what is your problem? Are you that insecure as a person or in your religion that you need to enforce your ideals on other people to show “oh look at me i am such a good Muslim I wont see this page and just to show the world what an amazing Muslim i am i wont let anyone see this page”. If you were a good Muslim you would worry about yourself and let other people make their own decisions.
    I am not happy about the “Draw Muhammad Day” page and would never go their but thats alright, thats my decision to make but who the hell are you to make that decision for me. What gives you the right.
    My God seriously if a site offends you so much don’t go there but what gives you the right to force your choice on other people. This is why Muslims are considered uneducated barbarians/terrorists who rather kill you than try and take the higher path. If we don’t get our way look out we are going to blow you up in the name of our religion, in the name of our God. Makes me sick.
    I bet most people in favor of this ban, which is “for the good of the Muslim community”, would have applauded the fact that some crazy fanatic would have gone and bombed the Facebook offices if the page had been left on the site, not thinking anything about all the innocent people they might hurt in the process. You think they shut removed that page because of your well reasoned arguments over why it should be removed or due to the fact that they would have to worry about bombing threats.
    I don’t know which God or religion you follow but my God does not condone such actions in his name. Live and let live people nobody is stopping you from being a good Muslim. All those people who think that their religiosity is affected by such things should take a deep hard look at their own lives before they start commenting on how other people should live theirs. If the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) could see what had been done to the religion he brought for the betterment of people, for bringing peace to the people, I think he would be ashamed of how it had been perverted. It really makes me sad to be a Muslim, to be associated and grouped with these crazy fanatics destroying my religion. These people are not Muslims at all and anyone who thinks they are should get their head examined. If you really want to show the world what a good Muslim you are than take action against those who go around brainwashing people in the name Islam to go Kill innocent people.

    Whew that felt good. You can go ahead and say anything now i have said all that i wanted to say.Recommend

  • May 24, 2010 - 3:40PM

    hi Dears….
    how r u friends?
    this is very brave step taken by high-court and PTA. i really appreciate this brave decision made by Pakistani nation. we are proud to be pakistani we proved that we are the only nation who have shown dignity in this regard. we cannot tolrate this.. they knew that we the muslims cannot like this kinda childish activity to tease us. those who cannot understand that y we have blocked these sites get the hell. whole pakistan liked this initiative….
    next step should be the ban on porn websites..
    there should be a censor department in pakistan for internet.
    regard
    syed hassan raza shamsi
    bahawalpur
    pakistan….. Recommend

  • Faryal Tahir
    May 24, 2010 - 4:04PM

    I agree Disgusted, use MOUSE to click away from the offending page !! Is that too hard of a technology?Recommend

  • Qaiser Shahzadq
    May 24, 2010 - 4:07PM

    Great Work……….
    We are combined…………. Recommend

  • Mohsin Ali Syed
    May 24, 2010 - 5:03PM

    Salams,

    “1. large sites are centralized even though the Internet at large is decentralized. There is only one Facebook and blocking that single Facebook is a matter of adding one website to the blacklist.”

    The above statement sounds very very absurd if not confusing. I mean how can large sites be centralized like Facebook if they are not banned or suspended in the Middle East or Turkey or Malaysia? Since centralization does mean authority or ownership of a single entity. The suspension has caused a trickle down effect in which many websites have been banned due to one site doing something wrong. This is so so bad. I mean if some one does something wrong, does the majority suffer? Not!Recommend

  • Omer Chaudhry
    May 24, 2010 - 5:20PM

    Why are the small minority of the internet users that are in Pakistan failing to realize that now the government can easily ban any internet site and all they have to say is blasphemy.

    I don’t agree with what happened on facebook, but i don’t understand the position that Pakistan has taken on this. Are we more religious than other Muslim countries? And what about all the pornography that you are so willing to overlook.

    Pakistanis have to realize that they must safeguard their rights and fight these insults against Islam with wisdom and understanding, not taking a philosophical approach towards whatever their leaders do.

    The last time someone made caricatures, Muslim people were killed by other Muslims. Is this how you show respect?Recommend

  • May 24, 2010 - 5:44PM

    Good work guys keep it up, paki users just wasting their time on net, no research no studyRecommend

  • Disgusted
    May 24, 2010 - 6:07PM

    Thanks Faryal. I know it seems i went on a rant but i hate this “Mightier than thou” attitude Muslims, especially Pakistani Muslims are developing. We are always happy to be led around by people in the name of religion even if the direction we are being led in is wrong. We seem justify any act, no matter how evil,abhorrent or stupid it is, in the name of religion. I don’t know why people think that taking such action in the name of religion automatically makes it right. Recommend

  • cidpusa
    May 24, 2010 - 6:27PM

    blocking u tube is not good with all the Ayats of Quran on this site.
    Knowledge is light

    We need to respond in positive ways
    when I saw negative comments about or Prophet on Orkut I complained and the specific pages were removed by Orkut
    Facebook needs a permanent ban Recommend

  • neha
    May 24, 2010 - 7:30PM

    i appreciate this step of pak against fb but youtube is a informative website si it should not be banned….and i think this matter can be solved peacefully than by agression and violence…our prophet HAZRAT MUHAMMAD S.A.W has also taught us to behave calmly….pak should bann the wicked content not whole of the website and if fb honour have removed that page then we should lift up the ban…and apologize to Allah for us and for them also…….Recommend

  • Aariz Memon
    May 24, 2010 - 7:41PM

    Brilliant move by PTA. Recommend

  • cidpusa
    May 24, 2010 - 10:02PM

    blocking u tube is not good with all the Ayats of Quran on this site.
    Knowledge is light

    We need to respond in positive ways
    when I saw negative comments about or Prophet on Orkut I complained and the specific pages were removed by Orkut.
    Facebook is involved in this as they refuse to remove the pages. Facebook needs to be banned. Myspace is a better alternative.Recommend

  • Rao Imran
    May 24, 2010 - 11:41PM

    Its very good n encourage able action from Pakistan government and its happen first time in pakistan that ptcl/government took a bold decision on that kind of matter i appreciate all the Pakistanis, that by their struggles and protest force the government to take an action of like this. MAY ALLAH BLESS US ALL and kept the Muslims in unity Recommend

  • Zohaib Ahmad
    May 24, 2010 - 11:47PM

    @ Disgusted/Faryal, I think u both lack some basic Islamic knowledge or whatever the reason might be. I just look at you two people who are much more addicted to Facebook than Islam. I dont want to start any argument over here, but lemme ask u both a question. What are are you both doing to prevent this stuff? What is your role towards presenting a better image of Muslim community to the West? Nothing!! Listen, they are just mindless people, doing some really wrong stuff out there, and if WE dont stop them, then who else is gonna do this for us? BARRACK OBAMA??? You people should come up with a straight forward solution to stop any kind of hate and such events against Islam or our Prophet(S.A.W) Hope you both will agree to my opinion!!
    Peace!!!Recommend

  • Hafsa Zubair
    May 25, 2010 - 12:28AM

    I find it shocking how many people are blindly advocating the national ban on Facebook and other websites, applauding this blatant, un-democratic act of censorship as fitting retaliation to the disrespectful depictions of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h). The fact that large numbers of people are willing to back a government-sanctioned ban on any form of media is more troubling than I want to even get into. However, not only is this ban a sheer violation of civil liberties, it’s also a perfect example of the ‘ostrich syndrome’ so prevalent in our society.

    Consider for a moment the workings of the actual ban; does no one realize that just because we cannot currently access certain offending webpages from within Pakistan does not mean they cease to exist for the rest of the world? What sort of message, then, does this send – that as long as we can’t see it, the rest of the world is free to do, say and post what it pleases? Would it not have been more rational and effective to lobby for the removal of this content instead?

    All those who have worked themselves into a religious frenzy in the name of protecting the Prophet’s (p.b.u.h.) honor, might do well to consider that by banning the sites, all we have done is turn our faces away while the equally ignorant ‘haters’ continue blithely on with their mission. Recommend

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