Pakistan may ban Yahoo, Google, MSN

Published: June 23, 2010

A petition has been filed calling for the ban of nine websites in Pakistan.

LAHORE: Deputy Attorney General, Bahawalpur, Muhammad Azad has said that the Lahore High Court has ordered Ministry of Information officials to appear in court regarding the blockage of nine websites including Google, Yahoo, YouTube and MSN.

Rabia Mehmood, reporter Express 24/7 confirmed that a writ petition had been filed by a citizen in the Bahawalpur bench of the LHC seeking a ban on websites publishing blasphemous material and misquoting the Holy Quran.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered Ministry of Information officials to appear before the court on June 28, after which a decision will be taken regarding blockage of the sites.

Websites included on the ban list are:

According to Azad the ban will not be implemented today (Wednesday) as indicated by early reports in the media. The fate of the nine websites will be decided following the June 28 hearing, he said.

Reader Comments (208)

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:00PM

    O my !
    What the hell do they want..any Tom Dick & Harry will stand up and file a petition and they are gonna block that website !!!

    What the Fudge :o !!Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:00PM

    WOW… Stone Age coming !!!Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:02PM

    Might as well start banning electricity, cars, cement and everything that wasn’t here 1400 years ago.

    What’s wrong with these people.. who are they to decide for the entire population… Recommend

  • Ali Hasan
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:02PM

    Is it possible to sue the LHC for wastage of taxpayer resources in this utterly pointless and pathetic course of action?Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:04PM

    I don’t understand, really. Instead of negotiating with the profane authors or website-owners or simply ignoring the very existence of such domains, LHC decided to ban nine websites? And those nine websites contribute a lot to daily searching, assignments, projects, entertainment and the sort. I thought viewer-ship was left to the viewer’s discretion, not an entire court of rash lawyers and judges. I guess Pakistan will have to say a big hell to the stone age now. So much for enlightenment.Recommend

  • Faryal Tahir
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:07PM

    Why is LHC provoking unrest !! A lot of people use these sites for work, studies, research and networking. As if facebook’s ban was not enough, it basically opened the Pandora box. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:10PM

    hello* evenRecommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:11PM

    Fate of the 9 websites? NO, fate of poor Pakistanis who use these services will be decided on June 28.Recommend

  • Noor Muhammad
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:13PM

    The real question is how long would these sites be blocked? Google, for instance, is a search engine and not a website, per se. So, people are most likely going to find anything they search for. Similar is the case with Bing/MSN and Yahoo.

    If found ‘guilty’ and penalized with a ban by the esteemed court, how long would be duration of the penalty?

    Forever?Recommend

  • Juko
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:14PM

    you know the air that we breathe might also be coming from these countries…how about banning that as well?Recommend

  • Mahvesh
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:15PM

    Excellent!! If we can’t see blasphemous material, obviously it doesn’t exist!

    The definition of ‘blasphemous material’ and methods of controlling it is getting to be a highly ridiculous joke now. These people need to go out and actually do something constructive in the world. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:16PM

    We need Internet savvy judiciary who should be well aware of basic terms like “Search engine”, “online buying” and “electronic mail”.Recommend

  • Ayesha
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:17PM

    Why don’t we just ban the internet all together and be done with all the bans? We definitely don’t want to be part of the 21st century so let’s just stop dilly-dallying and ban the internet all together.Recommend

  • nauman
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:25PM

    masha-Allah ! Recommend

  • Yousuf Pishori
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:26PM

    simply ridiculous!!Recommend

  • Anwar Ahmad
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:30PM

    I seriously doubt eligibility of honourable Judge sitting in LHC. He should learn to use internet and also that banning is not the solution. BTW why not ban internet altogether? Recommend

  • usman
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:31PM

    @ above all
    this is the situation of so called muslims of so called islamic repuplic pakistan… shame to all of you…..Recommend

  • S.A.R.A
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:34PM

    Send some drones on to the LHC – This is where the menace takes courage. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:38PM

    A person from Bahawalpur .. who probably would be using the internet for chatting and downloads only.. stands up and files a petition .. and then the LHC takes it seriously and the internet is about to get blocked!

    I mean .. for God’s sake at least try and understand how the search engines and these publishers work!

    Speechless really! Welcome to the world of millatYOUTUBE, millatMSN, millatHOTMAIL, millatGOOGLE and millatYAHOO! That seems like the fate of internet for Pakistan… lolzRecommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:41PM

    Simply ridiculous. Even the earlier ban on facebook was ridiculous. The lawyers and judges first need to understand how “internet” works before going all out against it.

    They are simply making a joke out of our nation.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:41PM

    Let’s sue the LHC for wasting public money and time. On the other hand we will miss the good jokes they make. ;-)Recommend

  • maryum
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:43PM

    Ufff what should i write… i have no words to pay tribute to all of them as i cant use slang words here:(Recommend

  • qureshi
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:43PM

    It would make a LOT more sense to Officially BAN the Products from such countries, for example, Israel, Denmark, etc. That would really hurt them. Blocking websites is practically useless and hurts us more than it hurts them.Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:43PM

    Welcome to bronze age.

    Seriously. These Judges are shame for Pakistan Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:45PM

    On a laconic note: this is sheer absurdityRecommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 5:46PM

    Welcome to the stone age of Pakistan..
    An other stupidity at its best from judiciary.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:51PM

    Pakistan’s judiciary system has totally failed to give justice to this nation and they do not have anything to do fruitful for this nation, but doing childish actions like banning sites. why do not they join something like International Banning Organization rather than sitting in a court room.Recommend

  • Atif Ejaz
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:51PM

    wow, ab maza aye ga, hum bhi pagal tum bhi pagal……Recommend

  • Ali Sarwan
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:53PM

    Only websites containing blasphemous material should be banned, but not all those like yahoo, Google, Hotmail, YouTube and Bing.Recommend

  • Not Surprised
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:53PM

    I bet these judges can’t even spell Google, let alone know what these websites are and their importance for finding the relevant info..

    Welcome to the 12th century. Now where is that pigeon, i wanna send a message coz gmail, hotmail and yahoo mail are extinct here.Recommend

  • Hashim
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:55PM

    what a bunch of idiots we have in the judiciary. No wonder our country is in a bad situation and close to being declared a banana republic.

    Lets ask those judges and lawyers what is google, yahoo, bing, hotmail, etc.? or how about simply ask them what the frak is the Internet?

    Im sure they have no clue about it and they wouldnt even know how to start a PC.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Chaudhry
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:58PM

    Stupid people should not be allowed to breed…one day we are gonna be over populated with idiots its already happening look around and be afraid!Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jun 23, 2010 - 5:59PM

    I think we have no right to interfere in the affairs of Punjab. If its institution chose to implement religious fanaticism (in Punjab), we can say nothing about that. However, the verdicts of Punjabi courts should not affect the lives of the peoples of Pakhtunkhwa, Sind and Baluchistan.Recommend

  • Fahad Bashir
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:02PM

    Well lets not over-react on this… Its just a petition not a decision yet… LHC will probably dismiss it… Just another piece of stupidity given coverage by sensationalist media…Recommend

  • Tayyab
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:03PM

    wahhhhhhhh Recommend

  • Ali Habib
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:07PM

    I would have hoped that after the Facebook debacle, our courts would have had the sense to throw petitions like this out of court instead of taking them seriously and fast tracking us to the Stone Age. I do not pay taxes to have judges who clearly don’t understand how the Internet works upholding ridiculous petitions like this. This obsession we have with blasphemy colours everything else we do, usually at the expense of common sense and basic freedoms.Recommend

  • SZ
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:08PM

    I think its more of a political strategy by the government to ban mass media like internet, rather than just a petition by a citizen.Recommend

  • imtiaz
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:08PM

    champions of so called “AZAD ADLIA” should be very happy. on to the era of intellectualism. BTW WHAT ELSE DID YOU PEOPLE EXPECTED FROM SHRIEF COURT Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 6:19PM

    Knowledge is Power. The courts seem to think that denying the People of Pakistan Knowledge is a wise thing to do.

    Completely pathetic on their part and I can’t help but be ashamed by the mockery of our courts. Recommend

  • Anum Batool
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:20PM

    Why didn’t they mind telling the good reason behind this blocking?
    Ignorance has no end in our country!Recommend

  • Mikael
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:25PM

    This is a sad day for Pakistan and i do not think it is the last time such a preposterous order will come from the judges. I am actually at a loss of words as the judge passing this order is clearly unaware of the uses of the internet and search engines. Businesses, institutions, students and individuals from all walks of life need and use the world wide web, not to mention communicate using email. It is beyond me as to how these websites ‘promote’ blasphemous content. The judgment is supposedly to protect us, however it seems to be a direct infringement of the fundamental rights guaranteed to the people of Pakistan in the Constitution. It is not surprising that individuals will speculate on the motives of such a move, which are clearly anything but the protection of the sanctity of the religion, which the Petitioner knows nothing about. Pakistan’s image is already frail in the international community, its economy is on the edge of destruction and the country as a whole is on the verge of a socio-political revolution (considering Pakistan is amongst the list of ten failed states on this planet). The judge passing the order has not only ignored the law and the principles embedded in our constitution, but completely ignored and set aside the effects on the people and the nation, not to mention the fact that any logical and pragmatic individual would have dismissed such a case as a waste of the court’s time and the taxpayers money. There has always been lack of faith in the legislative faction, evidential from the beginning of Pakistan’s creation, however, the little hope in the judicial division has now seized to exist. I shudder to imagine the future of this country as we are thrown back into the dark ages, and this is not because of the constant load shedding.Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:27PM

    Banning Search Engines will push Pakistan back to stone age.

    Websites containing blasphemous material should be banned, not the Search Engines through which people in the entire world do research work including Pakistan and learn a lot through the Search Engines.

    ***It will be the darkest day in the digital history of Pakistan.***Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 6:27PM

    That’s shocking. I mean there is no reason why we should ban such websites. What a Crap!!! this petitioner is mad to be very honest.Recommend

  • Talha B Masood
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:27PM

    i must say its a courageous step by LHC but i want to ask judiciary that is it a wise step to stop such things to happen?? a month ago when facebook was banned in Pakistan people didn’t stop using it..there are many proxy servers available over internet through which you can access banned sites. anyways i think this issue should be solved by religious scholars.Recommend

  • Jawad Rana
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:28PM

    Is this the same court which has let dangerous terrorists off the hook lately? Now they are diverting their attention towards further radicalizing the society by banning internet and access to information. One can clearly see their inclination. I would go as far as saying the courts (like the media, the parliament, the army/ISI, the civil administration, provincial governments) have been infiltrated by Taliban/Alqaeda directly or through their sympathizers. Verdicts like this one and those absolving dangerous terrorists all point in that direction. Sad, sad, sad !!!!!Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:32PM

    Wrong islamic information over the internet is a serious concern, because it can mislead people. Now a days people don’t search things in books they go to internet. Having said that, the amount of good, true and useful information on internet is in a much much bigger number compared to the wrong info.
    What we need is a organization or a team, which searches for these materials and corrects them or ban the materials, not the full websites.
    Search Engine is just like a library, you go there find books related to what you need, if there exists such books that is wrong, then hold access to the book, no need to close the library.Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:34PM

    wake-up guys, banning websites for mocking Islam and our Prophet is a good thing. This tells you make such great websites yourself which are earning billions of dollars on our self respect.

    But stop a minute…. who put dump guys on the Pakistan Internet Exchange. Please just filter out bad-contents and some time not-so-important websites; like IslamExposed and InTheNameofAllah, can be totally banned. Yah Google should not be banned entirely. Access list is not a solution but content filtering such as done in Iran and China. Recommend

  • Asim Jalal
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:38PM

    I think we should not give any value to such news. the purpose of such news was to create further bad images about pakistan. Pakistan has not banned these website and no such thing is going to happen. That is just a petition. Anyone can file such petition even in UK or USA. what matters is a dicision and government orders. Pakistan has already unblocked the facebook – I am sure that was a mistake. Filing a petition is different from a Govt order. And we should be abstaining from defaming our country by not propagating such stupid material.Recommend

  • Amer
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:45PM

    Can you ban what someone else is thinking? That thinking may manifest as content on a website or literature or TV program or whatever — those can be banned. But does that remove mindsets? Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:46PM

    just speech less !!!Recommend

  • aldg
    Jun 23, 2010 - 6:59PM

    being completely outraged and rather embarrassed by this whole situation a few of us activists are considering filing a petition before the Sindh High Court if anyone is interested please email us at antilockdowngrouppk@gmail.comRecommend

  • Mena
    Jun 23, 2010 - 7:03PM

    what a lovely, intellectual country…, While we’re on this blocking spree, lets say a prayer for the future of our country..”may we succeed in bringing back the wonderful values of the stone-age, may we succeed in abandoning anything remotely related to education and knowledge..Amen”Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 7:04PM

    They have really gone mad…Recommend

  • anon
    Jun 23, 2010 - 7:06PM

    God put some sense in lhc.Recommend

  • anon
    Jun 23, 2010 - 7:11PM

    hey guys is there a site, email or something where we can tell lhc what we want protest or something like thatRecommend

  • Hassan
    Jun 23, 2010 - 7:33PM

    Someone should buy these judges a computer and a free internet connection!Recommend

  • waqar
    Jun 23, 2010 - 7:46PM

    Yahoo, Google and Bing are just search engines they should not be banned. If they should be then all those people/users should also be banned who try to search such material on search enginesRecommend

  • Sharjeel Jawaid
    Jun 23, 2010 - 7:47PM

    Where are we heading to? The Khymer Rouge!Recommend

  • Pakistani Aloo
    Jun 23, 2010 - 8:20PM

    Curse the judges. But curse the nut a thousand times more who filed the petition in the first place, thinking that in his shareef little world he is doing the right thing. Someone please find out the name of that guy.

    Sixty three years of not spending on education and only imparting deeni ‘education’ is finally bearing fruit. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 8:35PM

    Welcome to stonge age, fellas!
    Apparently, Pakistan is perfectly suited for an existence of 1400 years ago. It’s a sad fact that we have to live through the modern day with such ‘satanic’ diversions from ‘the true path.’ Alas! Sigh!Recommend

  • Khurram
    Jun 23, 2010 - 8:39PM

    @Asim Jalal: I agree with you as media is spreading confusing, dismay, and misunderstanding. And We can observe there are people in us spreading rumors.

    @Amer: yes we cannot banned how someone thinks but we should control what we receive. because wars are won at media first than in war zone if needed. This age is media perception and mind control. We should not be passive but active.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2010 - 9:27PM

    A few of the above commentators seem to be suggesting that the blasphemous websites should be banned and not the search engines. I have one question that has been bugging me ever since the Facebook ban: How does banning a blasphemous website in a muslim country have any effect? We the Muslims already believe in one God and Muhammad as his prophet and as a result of the existence of these websites are not becoming apostates. Nor are we actually accepting any of the lies presented in these websites as we are not their target audience. Their target audience is in countries where these websites are freely accessible and even in those countries I have not heard of muslims living there leaving the fold of Islam as a result of these sites. So what is the advantage of banning them. If we want to do something, we should setup websites to counter the lies and show the world the truth. This ostrich like approach has been the cause of our downfall.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 23, 2010 - 9:34PM

    @Sharjeel Jawaid: Actually we are heading towards the state that existed in the west at the time of the Inquisition around 1300AD. We seem to be following the path that christianity followed around 1500 years after Christ. History is repeating it self and we just haven’t learnt anything from it. Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 9:55PM

    lol – on twitter people were speaking like that(including me) it has already been ordered to ban, are we becoming expertise in making mountain of mole hill :-)

    let us wait for 28 June instead of jumping on conclusions :-)Recommend

  • John Marston
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:00PM

    Obviously the guy who filed the petition had nothing better to do than search for blasphemous caricatures on the internet! I’ve never come across any blasphemous content on either of the search engines mentioned cuz i don’t go around randomly searching for it! The petitioner should be sued for attempting to misrepresenting information!Recommend

  • mudassar
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:14PM

    i want please educate the our judgest provider tell them these site are not providing any material regarding this type .these site are search enginees .
    pray for the paksitani people
    who are going into the dark age .A Allah may kindly educate our people and judgest provider.Recommend

  • Speechless
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:22PM

    OMG – do they even understand that Google, Yahoo, and Bing are search engines? Hotmail is an email service? COMPUTERS and INTERNET are operated by human beings and only show what the human beings put out there.

    For GOD’S SAKE, someone from the educated segment of our society needs to file a counter-petition to give the judiciary SOME arguments against the stupid, insane people who are taking advantage of the judicial system to flex their muscles against the so called blasphemous sites. I cannot believe these people are so illiterate and stupid that they do not understand how Google, Bing, and Yahoo work. Now we have to first stop the ban and then educate these molvis about the internet!!!!Recommend

  • OneSecond
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:33PM

    Petitions and writs like these are most often (all over the world) filed by people who are quite “passionate” (read fanatic and obsessive) about their ideas. The judge would probably be happy to hear the counter-arguments against banning these websites that include a number of insults and a good expose of the limited knowledge of the petitioner for making such an unreasonable request. Someone from among our so many legal experts should go to court and file a counter-petition, get a stay/injunction, or have this case dismissed and have the court issue an order that in the future, cases to ban search engines and email services will not even be entered on the docket. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:53PM

    my Dears…let the verdict come first..why the in this world you guys have started before the verdict…Recommend

  • Salman Malik
    Jun 23, 2010 - 10:55PM

    In other news, Pakistan takes another step backward towards stone age by banning the use of paper and ink since there is a lot of blasphemous material published by the help of these mediums and LHC fears that they can be widely used in the future as well!!

    Height of intolerance I must say! Bunch of idiots running our judiciary and government!!Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 11:13PM

    NonsenseRecommend

  • ali
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:21PM

    LHC banned these site but alas!!! v hav free access to PORNOGRAPHIC WEBSITES in ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN………all r do nnumber judges they hav ni moral values….Recommend

  • Faryal Tahir
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:25PM

    Am sure its a publicity stunt of that Bahawalpuri and LHC fell for it. Recommend

  • Shoaib
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:26PM

    Search engines cannot be held responsible for blasphemous material. I feel sorry for petitioner as he/she has no knowledge of what search engines are. I believe we should have censored internet access as we live in ISLAMIC republic of Pakistan. Its example can be found in Saudi Arabia and many other Muslim countries.I feel sorry for PEMRA and all previous governmental officials who take no action against uncensored internet access. Recommend

  • Adil
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:33PM

    this is ridiculous! dont these ppl understand what search engines and email is? and Amazon!? WTH! has that got to do with anything?
    just dont know what to say. banning search engines, and a shopping WEBSITE!Recommend

  • Irfan Ahmed
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:37PM

    This show what are the IQ level of our judges. They do not even understand what are search engines and what are emails….They already have spread so much confusion and with this pace in near future they will ban all the internet access to this country…Recommend

  • Sumbul A
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:41PM

    jeez..show them the light some one…ANYONE.Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 11:45PM

    well to be honest i am not surprised by this news. i mean what can u expect from people who have 2.no fake degrees and making decisions. instead of going ahead and looking for opportunities out of technologies, we are going back to stone age…bravo bravo..Recommend

  • Asma
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:46PM

    This is ridiculous! What on earth will they achieve by banning search engines?! Are they trying to increase the level of ignorance in this country? And 90% people have email accounts on Yahoo and MSN. Are we supposed to go back to the dark ages? Use pigeons? Recommend

  • Jun 23, 2010 - 11:50PM

    All in all, I want to send a message to LHC and PTA, IF anyone can pass it through do please :D.

    “Dear LHC,
    With all due respect, You can go make fudge yourself :D.Ban whatever you want to :)..I want to tell you, YOU cannot STOP me/us :D. You couldn’t stop us from using Facebook/Youtube, Now Try your best stopping us this time :)”
    Recommend

  • Bijjar
    Jun 23, 2010 - 11:56PM

    Pakistan Should ban internet once for all instead of new drama from time to time. Instead of banning these search engines the govt should arrest the person who searched anti Islamic content and then filed a case in high court because he is real culprit who was viewing and enjoying such content.Recommend

  • Gul wardag
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:01AM

    Calm down guys,it seems from your comments like a thunder storm is being faced. Dears its not important as we think, this is the only problems with us that we always depend on others. they’ve banned few websites, i will suggest to ban all those products which generate any revenue for jews and europeans. We have got talent in IT and all sectors, why not utilize our own talent. we can design better than them.
    Be united!!!Recommend

  • Harris
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:05AM

    porn sites would be accessible…Recommend

  • muneeb
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:11AM

    i was never in favour of judges movement…
    Aur Karao AZAD adliya ko….
    for instance in the F9 Park isb case a senior judge said that mcdonalds shud be closed down bcz common man cannot afford that ..now dont i ask him that in which car he came? And how many cars and guards covered him on his movement?and how many children were late from their schools because of his movement?…I KNOW IT MAY SOUND IRRELEVANT BUT….UNFORTUNATELY the lawyers/judges are also expressing their independence outside morals…i hear often that a policeman a constable was thrashed by them…thats not a way to act upon a crime…the are all a bunch of psychopaths…Recommend

  • Danish
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:17AM

    hahahahahahamoronaistanhahahahahahahaahahRecommend

  • Ahmad Saad
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:26AM

    While we are at it, why not ban the libraries as well. I am sure some of them contains reference to blasphemous content !!Recommend

  • Sara Kazi
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:40AM

    why are some people such IDIOTS?!!!Recommend

  • Schazad
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:50AM

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Why these stupid judges are doing the work of Taliban? I mean this is getting on my nerves already now and I m going crazy…..Recommend

  • Salma Ahmad
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:55AM

    It’s just pathetic! It seems that high courts have no better cases to take care of. Why are Pakistanis so immature and intolerant? There are people who are going to say and post blasphemous stuff online…it is not rational to just ban all such websites and pretend that nothing happened. Recommend

  • Nabeel
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:20AM

    wow…seems that we are going back in the stone age,,,for God sake open your eyes…If you are really concerned about these things then do fight on this…even on the same websites…convey your rite message to every one…this is just like closing your eyes like a pigeon as no one will see you…LHC is going to do a ridiculous act…as honorable judges even don;t know the importance of these websites…it would be better for them to block the internet.They would be tention free from this…what a shame.. Recommend

  • umair
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:43AM

    This citizen who filed this case probably never used the internet.
    He is a crazy bigot.Recommend

  • Madiha Nawaz
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:45AM

    I think that Pakistan and esp Pakistani Muslims are already facing lots of problems all over the world. Each of us Pakistani is an ambassader of our country abroad and when/if these websites are banned, what reason will we give for not having access to any information and source of communication, that we do not have ways to get them anymore??? We all love Islam and our Holy Prophet and we need these sources to show the true picture and image of Islam, by not shutting them out altogether.Recommend

  • Ahmad Rashid Ahmad
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:51AM

    They should block the offensive material…thats better way of doing itRecommend

  • umer khan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 2:56AM

    i want to suggest that please ban all the sites starting with www and ends with .com, .org, .pk, .net, .uk etc. its better option i think.lolz.Recommend

  • Shayan Afzal Khan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 3:51AM

    An even better suggestion – why doesn’t the esteemed judge of the LHC ban the internet, and while he is at it, also ban television, radio, books, and newspapers as well. While he is at it, he must also make sure that he bans Pakistanis from travelling abroad, lest they be exposed to sacreligious ideas. Oh, and lest he forget, he must also ban Pakistanis from thinking, too, lest we (by mistake) think blasphemous thoughts. Even better, so that we never, ever have the possibility of being exposed in any way to anything irreligious or blasphemous, he might as well order NAB, and every other government agency to put all Pakistanis to death. That is really to the only safe way to ensure that we, as a nation, never ever blaspheme or be exposed to blasphemy. Recommend

  • Juman
    Jun 24, 2010 - 5:57AM

    What ? Judge sahib this is 21st century. You don’t believe me ? Check your calendar.Recommend

  • Jamil
    Jun 24, 2010 - 6:04AM

    LHC judges seem more like Madrassah teachers then judges of impartial and unbiased natures.Recommend

  • Maryam
    Jun 24, 2010 - 9:26AM

    banning search engines now….huh!!
    what a shame….the first thing i do every morning is open google’s page….Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jun 24, 2010 - 9:29AM

    why are these lawyers searching for blasphemous material in the first place. clearly they need to be charged and hanged for looking for blasphemous contentRecommend

  • Shahid Iqbal
    Jun 24, 2010 - 9:37AM

    If they are banning such sites, either they are capable to develop such sites, if they are going to do so, yes upto some aspects they should scan all websites but should not ban because a lot of people are concernd about their studies and researches with these sites. and I think if they are so capable to do so why they dont develop such sites (search engines) at least our young generation in IT field can utilise their capabilities jobs jobs and desire wellings. As first they should know how to give alternatives to their nation, then should take such decisions.Recommend

  • Atif
    Jun 24, 2010 - 9:58AM

    We should have Cyber Courts or atleast department of “Cyber Crimes” in our judiciary system. Recommend

  • Mark
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:02AM

    You know, the only websites they leave are pornographic ones. Odd, no?Recommend

  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:03AM

    What can all of us expect, when people who make & implement law in our country are un-educated corrupt bunch.

    What the hell, why just ban the above websites, search engines, ban the internet or wait ban education, TV & mite as well ban the English language. Let’s go back in the stone ages.

    All Hail Democracy!Recommend

  • Hamza Baloch
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:10AM

    Is there any one to defend these websites in court?

    Second, this is not the job of court to contact with the website authors,its the duty of Govt or the users.. Court are here to decide a matter on the basis of the laws.Recommend

  • Chaudhary Ashraf
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:44AM

    Pakistan’s judiciary system has totally failed to give justice to this nation and they do not have anything to do fruitful for this nation, but doing childish actions like banning sites. why do not they join something like International Banning Organization rather than sitting in a court room.Recommend

  • Tabraiz
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:50AM

    y isnt any Pious person filing petition against the rated websites…Recommend

  • Yasir Javed
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:56AM

    If it wereup to people like the one filing this petition, pakistan would definitly end up like afghanistan. Even God can not help these so called champions of islam…Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 10:56AM

    There is a;
    Baluchistan High Court
    a Sindh High Court
    then why dont we have a Punjab High Court?
    Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 11:17AM

    “Nach na jane ungan tehrda”.stopping knowledge to Pakistani is another joke.face reality.Recommend

  • Malik usman
    Jun 24, 2010 - 11:24AM

    banning these sites isn’t proper solution of this problem,,,,,,,,,Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 11:25AM

    Can someone please throw this pathetic judiciary out of the country?Recommend

  • Umar Farooq
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:09PM

    Blowing a fly with a cannon,overblown,reactionary measures seem to be the order of the day in Pakistan. Recommend

  • Mansoor Khalid
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:14PM

    This is going to be the height of stupidity. Most of the website mentioned in the list are not actually websites but search engines. When will we become literate enough to know the difference between rationality and fascism?Recommend

  • saima
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:19PM

    I’m Stunned that the ‘free’ media isn’t taking a stand against this Stupidity.

    Instead of taking a stand on a govt. level and engaging owners of such inflammatory content in dialogue, we are expected to behave like Ostriches! If the LHC and the ‘concerned’ petitioner are so concerned about the moral welfare and islamic spirit in Pakistan, they should begin by blocking access to all the pornographic sites.

    blocking off access to mails and social websites only makes life difficult for people:
    – with family abroad;
    – who work from home and communicate with employers through email.Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 12:26PM

    the stupidity continues on!Recommend

  • Manahil
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:32PM

    An excuse for CENSORSHIP. this is censorship. Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Jun 24, 2010 - 12:56PM

    huh Why not Porn and dirty Web
    Where the hell they livingRecommend

  • Moiz Ahmed from Pakistan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:01PM

    I read some 10 to 20 of your uninformed and shameful comments; it spiked my blood pressure for a while.

    Has the details been made public? Details like how did Google / MSN / Yahoo are contributing in spreading blasphemous material? Thats one we should wait for before we start bashing judiciary?

    A block means block of massive traffic, which is the real loss one suffers. Block is a protest, not stone age; protest that they have hurt the people’s feelings. I am not too sure about feelings of people (who have posted anit-judiciary comments) for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH); but mine are very strong. Like many others, I would voice for Prophet Muhammad if some one tries to make fun of him.

    Search engines has a term called “sponsored search results”; I wonder if they listed blasphemous material under sponsored search results.

    Above all, no one should ever post sacrilegious material on internet anyway.

    We, struggled a lot of independence of judiciary and stand by it till the end. And I feel every Pakistani should; if they are Pakistani.Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:04PM

    Insane!Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:08PM

    Here’s to hoping that the official from the Ministry of Information can convince the judge that our blue coat web-filtering appliances can block specific content without blocking entire websites. They have already made a mess with the whole facebook site wide ban which could have been handled far efficiently with content filtering. Recommend

  • Saniha
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:24PM

    when it comes to following islam, Pakistanis are the ones who are actually spoling its name all over the world by their actions. other factors which need more immediate action of the LHC are being ignored and all they can think of is banning these websites. first us pakistanis should follow the teachings of the Quran properly and then be concerned about all these things.. UNBELIEVABLE!!!Recommend

  • Dani
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:29PM

    LHC has finally lost it!
    Why dont they Ban the whole of internet in the country.
    Yahoo ans Hotmail are two very important website’s which are used thousands of people in the country how can you ban those sites? Recommend

  • Iqra S
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:54PM

    This is just hilarious. The amount of crap that goes on in this country is fine and good but THE CONTENT of these websites MUST be banned. Good to know LHC has their priorities in order. Recommend

  • Asad
    Jun 24, 2010 - 1:55PM

    Well this will be a great stuff if judiciary takes it. I bet facebook will never think of promoting any such event again.. They have lost millions of users by this, resulting some serious financial damage. So being a Pakistani and a Muslim, we should back our courts to do the needful under such situations..Recommend

  • Bilal Qureshi
    Jun 24, 2010 - 2:08PM

    someone explain to me how some guy from bahawalpur can walk into a courtroom on a monday morning and get the entire online universe banned by lunchtime while millions languish in jails and on handouts for years waiting for true justice for real problems??
    do we even have a judicial process or does the judge just go into his chambers and flips a coin?
    Heads= Ban!
    Tails= Adjourned!Recommend

  • Rehan Ali Khan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 2:12PM

    In the present circumstance such impulsive descions can be expected only from the honorable judiciary The existing judges are nothing but a bunch of half-literate officails under the sham leadership of the present CJ, who do not have a basic idea about the use of internet services. After the disgusting Lawyers Movement, these judges just want to create nuisence for themselves by meddling and poking their nose in the non-issues instead of providing justice to the poor and common people. The have just recently got the trick how to blackmail anyone in the name of so called ‘justice’.
    We badly miss Musharraf regime when there pervailed sense, proportion and judgment. This so called ‘Azad Adlia’ would ultimately take the country back to stone-age. Recommend

  • Azeem
    Jun 24, 2010 - 2:40PM

    Banning search engines. really dont get whats happenning here. Recommend

  • Salaar
    Jun 24, 2010 - 3:06PM

    Very sad indeed. But what really tees me off is this: How come some moron at the Lahore High Court can affect my research and business down in Karachi? Recommend

  • uXuf
    Jun 24, 2010 - 3:40PM

    Wow I didn’t even know the two “dedicated” websites exist. Thank you, my quick-to-petition countrymen, you guys just increased the traffic for those sites.Recommend

  • humayun
    Jun 24, 2010 - 4:23PM

    If the judiciary knew a bit about the Internet they would filter offensive content instead of outrightly banning the websites and search engines! This shows their sheer stupidity and their illiteracy. Recommend

  • T.A.H.A
    Jun 24, 2010 - 4:32PM

    @All above,should be ashamed of call yourself a muslim,you peolple are concerned with what pakistan cannot do without these sites,but are not concerned when it comes to the prophet[P.B.H.U] and quran.SHAME TO ALL OF YOU.Why u people call yourself a muslimRecommend

  • Amar
    Jun 24, 2010 - 4:38PM

    OMG !!! how can they do this ? it is just a Deep thinking to put pakistan away from the resources, updates and the information about anything .

    and i m getting confused why being a Muslim Country, Pakistan is just taking such actions ? why not other Muslim Countries ? Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 5:54PM

    At least on this particular act if the government take that must be a brave decision ,and i support it as a Muslim and those who says no need of it then they should be ashame their as a Muslim.Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 6:25PM

    Are they mad ?
    What they want to do ?Recommend

  • Ali Faruq
    Jun 24, 2010 - 7:01PM

    Lahore high court is inspired by Talibans or what? How can they restrict people from assessing information present on internet?Recommend

  • blogger
    Jun 24, 2010 - 7:27PM

    Let’s ban the internet once and for all and get it over with.Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2010 - 11:11PM

    hmmmmm, man whats this? what we’re gonna do then? simply shut down the internet…Recommend

  • S. T. Khan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 11:32PM

    Musharraf please come back and boot these idiots out!! “Democracy” in Pakistan means power going back into the hands of those who have been raping and plundering this country for the past two centuries. These “democratic” rulers are the same people who have descended from the likes of Bahadur Shah Zafar and his fellow mughals and their cronies. The army only arrived on the scene in 1956. And that too due to the conditions created by our own civilin rulers. It was bound to happen because the soldiers were better educated, better organized and worked for the common good of their institution. The civilian rulers? Personal wealth. They are the ones who have been plundering the country from well before 1956. How were the British able to colonize an area as vast and rich as India? The Mughals eventually got busy funding ostentatious personal lifestyles through public funds. The Brits let them have that as long as rule belonged to the British Empire. The rulers turned a blind eye as the British Empire quietly took over this vast territory. Our current “democratic” rulers are descendants of those very jagirdars, thakurs, nawabs and sardars who sold out to the colonizers. This chain must be cut. It will be difficult and bloody, but it will have to be cut. We cannot have democracy if we don’t have institutions that work for the common-sensical good of the people. Full stop. Food. Security of life and property. Healthcare. Not being shot on the street for your belongings. Not having your place of worship burnt down. Not losing your property because somebody was powerful enough to modify state records.

    And how does any ruler prevent this chain from being cut? By stopping people from acting as one and pouring out on the streets. How do you act as one? By communicating with others in your country. And how do you bring down communication to a crawling halt so that reports of official misdeeds don’t flow out amongst the masses? Ban Facebook, ban Youtube, ban Yahoo!, ban Google, ban Hotmail.. and the reason? Say to your suffering, exploited and under-educated subjects whose only solace is religion: YOUR RELIGION IS UNDER THREAT!! After the ban of course, access only remains with those wealthy few who rule us and who can afford it.

    These judges are setting a very dangerous precedent against all common sense. I say file a petition against this very judge. File a counter petition against men like the one who filed the recent petition. Step out on to the streets and protest. We have the right to protest. We have the right to file cases against such people too. If we keep sleeping, it will not be the fault of the man who filed this recent petition or the judge who rules in favour of it. It will be our fault because we kept sleeping. We kept sleeping while the British were busy buying off our rulers. We kept sleeping thinking God will help us while the Hindus got off their asses and started educating themselves with the new knowledge that the British brought. TIME TO WAKE UP!! Or nature has its ways..sleeping people atrophy and die out on their own. We’ll just become a bunch of dying races by emigration and assimilation…our identity will die out. We are a country kept together by scotch tape and glue. How long will it stay together? Recommend

  • Fareed Ahmed
    Jun 24, 2010 - 11:41PM

    Ban them and to make sure the ban stays and is imposed insert the 19th ‘constitutional amendment’. Further, the president should issue an ordinance making it illegal to even discuss internet. Internet police should also be available to impound all personal computers. A fringe few Ulema should have computers under license to follow whats going on in cyberspace.Recommend

  • S. T. Khan
    Jun 24, 2010 - 11:45PM

    And how about filing a petition against this guy for paying damages to hundreds of thousands of people for endangering their livelihoods? When have THEY done anything blasphemous? They merely used Facebook to advertise their business, they only used Email to communicate with customers, they only wrote content online to earn a better living. What is their fault? What is the fault of businesses that have a bigger online than physical presence? Who will pay for ruining their business? Who will pay for unpaid salaries? SUE THE JUDGE, SUE THE PETITIONER. If they’re so passionate about their ideas, so are we. Recommend

  • Ali
    Jun 24, 2010 - 11:55PM

    awesome decision by lhcRecommend

  • Amna Khan
    Jun 25, 2010 - 12:03AM

    I think we r not the only muslim country in de whole world then why arnt other muslim countries taking any action because they are not emotional fools like us what difference does it make what other are saying ot doing with our religion WE know its not true simple IGNORE! that is what our prophet did he didnt ban everything like this or started a massacre HUH what the hell is wrong with pakistani government and people GET A LIFERecommend

  • Sadia Ali
    Jun 25, 2010 - 1:26AM

    Crazy. We are the laughing stock of the world. These judges should focus on providing justice to the masses rather than banning stuff. Another stupid decision!Recommend

  • Fawwad Shafi
    Jun 25, 2010 - 1:35AM

    Stupid decision! Seems like the LHC has nothing better to do. Focus on providing justice to the poor masses!Recommend

  • noor
    Jun 25, 2010 - 1:48AM

    now kindly give us the way to shot ourselves, instead of finding ways to tackle such criminal acts the authorities are quitting from the important need of today.
    you people should be ashamed of your strategiesRecommend

  • Jun 25, 2010 - 1:52AM

    wow !!!

    its astonishing …

    but i think we should move to other such sites !!!
    there are many !Recommend

  • Abdul Quddus
    Jun 25, 2010 - 2:44AM

    LHC should punish this petitioner because he is seeking ban for sources of knwledge while our Holy Prophet ordered us to seek knowledge at all costs even if we have to go to China, which was Buddhist at that time.Recommend

  • sunny
    Jun 25, 2010 - 3:18AM

    Are juduge making justice by such decisions?
    I am against the caricature.
    we must understand this is reverse gear. God sake we want wise justice than to popular justice.Recommend

  • Furki
    Jun 25, 2010 - 9:45AM

    Blasphemous websites are also blocked in Saudi Arabia. This should be done in Pakistan too but instead they are blocking search engines. There are thousands of websites that contain blasphemous contents, they can get a list of these websites from Saudis and block them but they never do that, do they?Recommend

  • Helal Khan
    Jun 25, 2010 - 12:01PM

    It’s high time Pakistann gets Halalgle, Halaltube bla bla :D :pRecommend

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