Twitter unblocked across Pakistan

Published: May 20, 2012

PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

 PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE A Pakistani resident uses a computer to browse a newspaper website in Quetta on May 20, 2012, after the country's government blocked social networking website Twitter. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Micro-blogging website Twitter has been restored in Pakistan on Sunday night, after an almost day long ban.

Sources have confirmed that Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has spoken to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, who ordered concerned authorities to unblock the site.

Micro-blogging website Twitter had been temporarily banned across Pakistan on Sunday by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

Express News correspondent Suhail Chaudhry had reported that the access to Twitter was blocked due to an ongoing “competition” of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) caricatures.

This move was made, keeping in mind the “emotions of the masses” reported Chaudhry.

Earlier, PTA Chairman Dr Mohammad Yaseen said the regulator was asked by the Ministry of Information and Technology to block the website in the country.

“We just passed on the directives to the Internet Service Providers (ISPs),” he told The Express Tribune. “I can’t say for how long the website will remain blocked.”

Pakistan’s government had asked Twitter to stop a discussion on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), which was considered derogatory, Yaseen said, adding that “Twitter refused our request.”

Government and the website officials were in negotiations.

The PTA had blocked access to Twitter directly from the upstream links without notifying the ISPs, according to Wahajuz Siraj, convener for Internet Services Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK).

Express News had reported that the Ministry of Information and Technology tried getting through to authorities on Twitter throughout the night and that about five faxes were sent to the micro-blogging website.

Eventually, in reply to PTA’s e-mail, Twitter authorities replied saying that they “cannot stop any individual doing anything of this nature on the website”.

Google Pakistan Country Consultant Badar Khushnood had confirmed the blockage on his Twitter account.

One ISP, on condition of anonymity had advised callers registering complaints to use Vtunnel and proxies as an alternate to access Twitter.

While the micro-blogging website was blocked, it was accessible by means of mobile phones and secure browsers such as Opera Mini.

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Reader Comments (153)

  • Asad Shairani
    May 20, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The govt should now consider banning paper, pens and pencils. They are indeed the root of all blasphemy.Recommend

  • May 20, 2012 - 3:02PM

    Those who are hurt with the “caricatures” thing simply don’t need to login to internet at first

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  • Ammar Khan
    May 20, 2012 - 3:03PM

    ///Twitter authorities replied saying that they “cannot stop any individual doing anything of this nature on the website”.///

    PTA Owned !

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  • Acorn Guts
    May 20, 2012 - 3:04PM

    How weak is our faith that we can’t stand up and fight for what we believe is wrong and would rather just bury our heads in sand? Especially, when we go back to allowing these services (see Facebook clock a few months ago) after a while, says a lot about our pretentious piousness doesn’t it? Recommend

  • Muhammad Waqas
    May 20, 2012 - 3:06PM

    I believe Pakistanis were not taking part in that competition, then why they blocked it? will it stop that user not to do such things?

    What does it mean? block the twitter so be the lovers of Muhammad will not be able to condemn these activities at twitter?

    Block the twitter, no one in pakistan will notice and there will be no protests? Recommend

  • May 20, 2012 - 3:07PM

    Good decision

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  • Qasim Javed
    May 20, 2012 - 3:09PM

    Yes. Twitter is blocked on PC but it is available on mobile devices. If anyone still wants to use Twitter on PC, use a proxy server!Recommend

  • waqar
    May 20, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Good step

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  • Sam
    May 20, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Why didn’t saudi government or other Islamic countries block Twitter!!!

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  • Hamid
    May 20, 2012 - 3:17PM

    Good.Recommend

  • Rehan
    May 20, 2012 - 3:17PM

    They should just Ban the Internet ! Will make life a lot less easier..

    Oh i actually wanted to tweet this ! S**t

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  • Ahsan J
    May 20, 2012 - 3:18PM

    would it not have been better to allow the users themselves on material as offensive in twitter.
    Twitter does allow materials to reported as offensive and has the ability to censor stuff.

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  • sana
    May 20, 2012 - 3:18PM

    what are they scared of?Recommend

  • Farzan Sheikh
    May 20, 2012 - 3:18PM

    Notice how within minutes the article has been shared more on Twitter than on Facebook. Proof that you can not restrict information, impose effective bans today.

    For those of you who do not believe the ban does any good, and are still trying to figure the workaround, try a VPN service. OpenVPNConnect and TunnelBear are examples.

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  • jaleel khan
    May 20, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Apparently the Pakistani authorities are extremely sensitive and follow Islamic guidelines.
    Their daily blasphemous practices of embezzlement, prostitution and heading illegal car rings is ignored everyday.
    About time they banned the government.

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  • lahore school of economics
    May 20, 2012 - 3:20PM

    we need to stop giving attention to such competitions. if we start ignoring them they will stop. the only reason they happen is because we jump and become emotional. the respect of our religion is dear to us but we need to realize that God does not need our help to deal with such people. let them do as they please and they will be taken care of. the more we react the more such things will happen and we can not stop such things by our force.

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  • Amadeus
    May 20, 2012 - 3:20PM

    Just who sends ‘fax’ nowadays? =P

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  • Rehan
    May 20, 2012 - 3:20PM

    They should just Ban the Internet, Will make life a lot More Easier..

    Oh i actually wanted to tweet this ! *hit

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  • Zee
    May 20, 2012 - 3:23PM

    They are getting publicity free of cost…

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  • Zamir Malik
    May 20, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Well Government of Pakistan should approve the STONE AGE BILL as well and then whole of the Pakistan we will happy.Recommend

  • non nuclear
    May 20, 2012 - 3:24PM

    so, when will they start banning free thinking?
    ban jokes, laughing, humor,ban kinds from playing and if that doesn’t satisfy you, ban the breeze,sunlight,moonlight and even life….Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    May 20, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Instead of making it an issue of such magnitude I’d think that we ought to just ignore such things. By over reacting, all we do is provoke more ignorant minds into such purely stupid activity. We must see it this way that no one can possibily diminish the respect and importance of a prophet or scripture or religion as long as the believers are there—the best response would be to be patient and tolerate such primitive and small minded intrigues to hurt us. We must be patient for as long as it takes to frustrate the ignorant adversaries.Recommend

  • Yasir Ahmed
    May 20, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Brilliant!

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  • maryam
    May 20, 2012 - 3:33PM

    well the only thing i can say is…..the discussion carries on even if it gets blocked here…best is to not to respond….they know we will respond that’s why they end up doing stuff like that….if you show unity and completely ignore them …they will lose interest….. there are a lot of people who say loads of things which we muslims dont really like…but then again best is to ignore….let it be…… be strong in your own faith……satan is everywhere….you cant put a tape to its whispering and such….i know a lot of you wont agree bt then….do value your own worth…the more you’re agitated the more other side enjoys…

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  • sumair
    May 20, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Why only pakistan blocked twitter among other muslim countries who didn’t even care whats going on twitter. just alone doing protest and blocking twitter wont grant you the paradise.please take these issue with logic, patience but not with vengeance.Recommend

  • OP
    May 20, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Please some one try to mock Holocaust or better 9-11 and see how quickly your page gets deleted. Why the sentiments of muslims are any less than those of others. Those who advise to ignore this hypocrisy are unaware of history and facts. Such moves should not be ignored and should be protested against.

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  • Mani
    May 20, 2012 - 3:40PM

    Pathetic govt and their pathetic cliched gimmicks

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  • Hassan
    May 20, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Good decision!Recommend

  • Jat
    May 20, 2012 - 3:41PM

    The real reason of this ban is the ‘shut up Hillary’ campaign by some Pakistanis. The Pak government cannot afford to make Americans any more angry.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 3:43PM

    How long before someone sets up “Muslim Twitter” social network?Recommend

  • Khalq e Khuda
    May 20, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Get a life all of you folks throwing a tantrum and accusing government. Better to ban the website than have thousands of folks burning rubber tires on streets through out Pakistan.

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  • Mj
    May 20, 2012 - 3:48PM

    We need to grow thicker skins and stop getting offended at each and every joke, cartoon, and caricature. The world looks at us as if we’re children throwing tantrums.

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  • Waqas
    May 20, 2012 - 3:54PM

    @Asad Shairani: Twitter is equally responsible for helping blasphemy by allowing it to happen on their website. The website can chalk out a set of rules that would force its users to respect others race, religion, emotions etc. Why doesn’t the website allow porn to be published on it?? After all it falls into the category of ” freedom of expression” as does publishing blasphemous content !

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  • Khurram Punjwani
    May 20, 2012 - 3:55PM

    If rulers think buying/bribing the electronic media n some anchors n by now blocking Twitter, they can get away,Learn from ARAB uprisings.
    Why Twitter banned / blocked in Pakistan – May 20, 2012
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDaJuoQkEus

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  • Riffat Fiaz
    May 20, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Good decision………..Recommend

  • Not political
    May 20, 2012 - 3:57PM

    Well I am an active user of Twitter. How come our all so brilliant Government failed to recognize that “Dawah/Islam” has been trending on daily basis on Twitter. Just because non-Muslims reacted and started off one competition, you react and run off the playground? Brave, I must say! It is an utterly lame excuse to ban Twitter. Recommend

  • May 20, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Being a Muslim, I don’t think it necessary to promote freedom of such expressions. In fact, it must be banned because it promotes hate among various religions.

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  • Waqas
    May 20, 2012 - 3:59PM

    @Muhammad Waqas: At least Twitter administration would realize that publishing blasphemous content on their website is wrong. Blocking their website in a country gives them a great blow and forces them to consider and realize the severity of such an act, at least.

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  • YP Toronto
    May 20, 2012 - 4:01PM

    Lame duck Govt. with lame duck excuses.

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  • Confused Nation!
    May 20, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Good! Finally Govt is only following Court orders. Lets praise them for that :)

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  • May 20, 2012 - 4:04PM

    Twitter Blockade in Pakistan

    Despite being a regular Twitter user , I support its pre-emptive blockade in Pakistan due to imminent campaign of competition about caricatures about Holy Prophet Muhammad PBUH being launched on Twitter today by certain users. Twitter has refuse to block it ,in the name of freedom of expression.

    Saudi Prince Talal who has a huge financial stake in Twitter must use his influence to ask Twitter management to block this campaign.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 4:05PM

    @maryam: by blocking the site, we’re not ignoring them — we’re reacting. This is sort of like cutting your phone line because two people in your neighborhood are talking to each other on their phones.

    Someone in power has clearly never heard of the Streisand effect.

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  • Siddiq
    May 20, 2012 - 4:13PM

    Main target is PTI and its fans

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  • Bob Tyson
    May 20, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Everytime PTA acts, it does something that makes me laugh !

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  • May 20, 2012 - 4:18PM

    Simplest way to Promote something is to BAN it. for months no news not even a mere mention was thrown in this regard. The fact that not even the authorities remember the name of the event (which was called “draw Muhammad Day” FYI) highlights how much of a non issue it had become but by showing such blatant idiocy the PTA are once again indirectly promoting the defunct event. I see only two reasons. Firstly its a ploy to yet again distract people from issues such as the NATO supply lines or real issues such as inflation and power. Secondly as a preemptive measure against the conservative right who would use any lack of action from the government as a political power move.

    So in reality all ethics aside, its pretty cunning move.Recommend

  • Khurram Shahzad
    May 20, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Salam,
    I gone through this chain of comments and also from 2010 chain on same issue. There are two school of thoughts. One who said just block such a site and they are not ready to compromise on this issue . Second against this blocking and think that instead of blocking we should record our protest by making a page against this page or by some other means or ignore this page. Somehow both are right and have strong arguments to advocate their point of view.
    Let me add one more point or a question to ask.
    why don’t we think about making our own such a social networking website ?

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  • JR
    May 20, 2012 - 4:27PM

    I’m surprised how such a thing can go on Twitter when a Saudi Prince also has a stake in the social networking website :O

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  • Sasha
    May 20, 2012 - 4:28PM

    When will the government realize that banning something as massive as a social network doesn’t help serve the purpose! You are just making international headlines as being a fool! It’s not only Islam, but Christianity, Hinduism and many other religions that are mocked regularly only. So is banning it completely going to help us? It just makes the opponent win and make us look like fools who can’t deal with technology. The internet is OPEN SPACE…You cannot control it. But with blocking it, you sure could be making many entrepreneurs lose a day’s work and worth millions of investments in online technology. As it is Pakistan is a fallen state in terms of technology and these bans make it more deplorable. We need educated ministers – seriously.

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  • Sissyboy
    May 20, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Conspricacy against Imran khan, PTI an its followers! Recommend

  • Hassan
    May 20, 2012 - 4:35PM

    But why isn’t Facebook is block ……… there must be a reason in that …….. Facebook should also be block they r the creators ……they should be Ban in Pakistan too ….
    Or they is something fishy in that , #BlockNATOSupply #GetLostNATO hope not because of these Protests twitter is block …..

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  • Khalid Munir
    May 20, 2012 - 4:40PM

    There was a tweet byy rehman malik that Twitter and facebook are not being banned and these r rumours

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  • May 20, 2012 - 4:41PM

    I think it’s not enough, our government has to take a permanent reaction for these acts……….

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  • Qazibasit
    May 20, 2012 - 4:42PM

    So all the non believers and agnostics Muslims out there who are Internet addicts.. Try writing something against obama and use will see the consequences.. Try write something against America or Israel and use will know what they do to you.. Now when someone is writing against our belief why are used people so hesitant on PTAs action. The its nothing new china Iran Russia some countries of Europe did the same in the past.. I think that’s the best PTA could do.. Those who still want to take part in the competition should use other ways.. No one is stopping them.

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  • Ahmed
    May 20, 2012 - 4:43PM

    @Asad Shairani:
    You people are absolutely mindless, you dont love your religion and its values, you can just raise fingers against govt good deeds, there will be a campaign on Twitter against our Prophet and you are raising objections against Twitter Ban?

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  • May 20, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Its not enough

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  • Ahmed
    May 20, 2012 - 4:44PM

    @Qasim Javed:
    please in spite of giving such advice, try to start a campaign on Twitter against that negative Campaign. Recommend

  • ishaq
    May 20, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Pathetic PTARecommend

  • faraz
    May 20, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Who came with this senseless theory that it’s a Muslim’s job to check what the rest of 5 billion non-Muslims think about religion? Why would non-Muslims care about Islam, they by definition don’t believe in Islam or Prophet (pbuh)

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  • May 20, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Banning social networks and important websites is like pulling a thick curtain in front of your window and pretending that the sun has stopped shining. The blasphemy will continue to occur..you just won’t be able to see it and respond to it.

    Grow up, and acknowledge that some people simply do not like your religious beliefs and they make fun of it. If you go around whining and rioting over every single internet troll who posts something offensive on the internet, you’ll have absolutely no time to focus on anything else.

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  • suhail khalili
    May 20, 2012 - 5:09PM

    A very sane decision of the govt.

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  • Fahad Azam
    May 20, 2012 - 5:12PM

    well the next logical step would be to ban books and pens in Pakistan in case someone decides to write a blaspehmous book .. what a shameful ACT !!!

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  • Saran
    May 20, 2012 - 5:13PM

    I’m missing twitter like anything…. :(((

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  • Hypocrites
    May 20, 2012 - 5:15PM

    This government supports bloodthirsty despots in the ME by sending troops, Mullahs run rampage in the over the country killing Muslims and minorities in their homes and places of worship – yet with the free media they have suddenly had an awakening :-) Amusing

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  • May 20, 2012 - 5:16PM

    what good will this ban do?let see:
    a) we have a duty towards Allah (SWT) to dislike those who propagate this travesty, their methods and their false cries of freedom of speech (read: freedom to insult). they are having a competition.madness.
    b) we have a duty to show this dislike by our actions. so as to create awareness among muslims and non-muslims that this is not acceptable.

    even if we dont do the second we should do the first. it is more important. but creating awareness is no less important so as to ‘save’ any muslims in future from disrespecting the Prophet (PBUH) and destroying their life and afterlife. this is why scholars speak out against blasphemy of the Prophet (PBUH) so as to ask the govts to punish the guilty and also to prevent others in future who may have doubts about islam to be inspired and carry out this crime. it doesnt matter if our actions dont yield the desire result of creating widespread awareness atleast we would have done point (a) for ourselves.

    (the western charter of human rights clearly indicates that freedom of speech is not permissible if it insights ‘violence’. yet they support this insult which has clear incitement of violence for majority of muslims. hence this is hypocrisy.)Recommend

  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 20, 2012 - 5:16PM

    @lahore school of economics: Well said , one thing which we realized in school as kids is that if someone is trying to tease you the easiest way of stopping it is to let that person think that you are not affected.If you show that you are upset the whole class will get after you.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 5:17PM

    then some say maybe we should use facebook and twitter to educate the world about islam:

    no, we are only criticizing those who are actually doing something. i have rarely seen any effort made by anyone who criticized banning of facebook to teach the west about actual islam. it is ironically those who opposed facebook (the majority atleast) who are doing this. its ironic isnt it?

    so if you do plan to use twitter and facebook. walk the talk : )

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  • Hassam Tahir
    May 20, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Question:
    When we make fun of their religion, Especially the Hindus, Forward texts and humiliate their gods, don’t we do same thing? Is it okay to make fun of them?

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  • Omer.
    May 20, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Relax people, this is just gonna be like the government blocking NATO supply routes.

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  • Kashaf
    May 20, 2012 - 5:22PM

    How low can they go?

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  • Umer
    May 20, 2012 - 5:23PM

    @Sam:

    Why didn’t saudi government or other Islamic countries block Twitter!!!

    The same Saudis who have huge stake in twitter?

    Prince Walid bin Talal of Saudi Arabia has taken a $300 million stake in the social media start-up Twitter

    Unlikely they would like to ban it and reduce its business potential. Money is apparently superior to everything including religion.

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  • Owais Ehsan
    May 20, 2012 - 5:26PM

    I didn’t even know about what was happening on Twitter …. thanks PTA , now the whole knows…

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  • Was a Pakistani
    May 20, 2012 - 5:28PM

    Those who are so sentimental are the only one’s who go to such sites and look at it. I have never even tried or ever lured to look so why do mullahs have to do it.

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  • Jai
    May 20, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Pakistanis shouldn’t be on the infidel internet anyway.

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  • Shoaib
    May 20, 2012 - 5:36PM

    i think the powers that be testing the waters, both social acceptability and ability to do it. twitter and even msg boards for the first time allows this level of open connectivity and it make for nervous rulers who would rather keep doing what they want in relative silence.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 5:37PM

    Good Step !

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  • May 20, 2012 - 5:38PM

    So Facebook is next ? or even The Internet. Lets not be an Ostrich and hide our self , PTA should have forced Twitter to delete those account which caused distress, not just Banned Twitter in Pakistan .. because we are not stopping anything. We are hiding only. I have done my part of complaining to PTA http://bit.ly/JulaRb . Guess others should do it aswell.

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  • unicorn
    May 20, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Fully support the government for blocking twitter.

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  • Umer
    May 20, 2012 - 5:47PM

    @Ahmed:

    You people are absolutely mindless,
    you dont love your religion

    With almost every group being killed in the name of religion in Pakistan and with horrendous barbaric blasphemy law in place it’s hard to defend the religion. You should be angry at the Mullahs for these wrongdoings and not at others.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 5:50PM

    when Twitter can stop porn, then it can stop these actions by setting some rules.

    User generated content is still controllable but upto some extent not everything can be stopped. Check youtube and you can upload any sort of videos but yes when enough people REPORT IT as offensive or spam YouTube shut it down.

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  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    May 20, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Ban everything, ban sanity also.

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  • @kaiserrizvi
    May 20, 2012 - 5:52PM

    Thousands still accessing twitter from #Pakistan instead of country wide ban. Is this digital civil disobedience? Oh yeah. 2012 BBRecommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    May 20, 2012 - 6:00PM

    for those people who support this ban. Kindly put on your thinking caps. By banning the website you wont be able to stop the blasphemous material. It is better to educate people who are posting such content. This way the world will see we are not reactionary extremist fools that we are being rightfully portrayed so. Why hasnt Twitter been banned in progressive Muslim countries like Turkey, Malaysia, Jordan etc. Hell, its not even banned in KSA or Afghanistan. Why only Pakistan that takes such extreme steps. Gullible nation we are.

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  • GodIsAnAlien
    May 20, 2012 - 6:12PM

    Yet more proof the middle east is NOT ready for western tech.
    Its simple, don’t like it don’t it and DON’T WHINE ABOUT IT!

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  • Dr Khan
    May 20, 2012 - 6:18PM

    twitter was blocked because of the growing presence of anti govt and nato voices. no other reason.

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  • mani qadir
    May 20, 2012 - 6:29PM

    Well ! As a regular user I find this really irritating , perhaps the govt has not noticed that pro Islamic tweets are trending everyday and all that they are doing is publicising it ,. I for one had never even heard of this competition until today !

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  • elementary
    May 20, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Of the 1.6 billion muslims, Pakistanis are the most emotionally volatile, highly inflammable “ThakaDars” of Islam”.

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  • hasan
    May 20, 2012 - 6:33PM

    Guys

    I do not understand even if GOP blocked Twitter why you people are so much bothered? what will happen if you will not send useless twitter for 2-3 days.. How many of you use it for good purpose and what good purpose it provides? Its not even social networking like Facebook that will cut you off from your contacts. GROW UP stop complaining for every thing. Problem is YOU people not the one who are making ! twitter do not are about millions of Muslim emotions and You crying over there service being blocked. I call it educated illiterate

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  • M Ali Khan
    May 20, 2012 - 6:34PM

    I dont think anti-blasphemy mard-e-momins get how things work.

    if your ideology says you cannot play football on sunday, that doesnt mean you try to ban playing football on sundays.

    It means that YOU cannot play football on sundays. I can play all the football on sunday I damn well please.

    If your ideology is opposed to drawing caricatures etc, that doesnt mean you ban it. It means YOU cannot draw caricatures.

    Basically you DO NOT force your beliefs on others.

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  • umer
    May 20, 2012 - 6:38PM

    There is a concerted effort from Indian news media like Times of India, HIndustan Times etc., to slander Islam and Prophet. The western media ( Jewish) have institutionalised hatred against Muslims on a day to day basis. Muslims on the other hand never slander against other religions.

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  • Umer
    May 20, 2012 - 7:01PM

    @umer:

    Muslims on the other hand never
    slander against other religions.

    Biggest lie of the universe. Muslims slander everyone; Muslim or non-Muslim. Why else do you think so many sectarian murders occur in Pakistan?

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  • MARQ
    May 20, 2012 - 7:03PM

    rediculuos act!
    showing thier limited mentality

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  • saif
    May 20, 2012 - 7:10PM

    nobody even knew there was any such caricature being posted before they banned and publicised it, ridiculousRecommend

  • May 20, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Stupid decision once again. If they have to block then they should block the adult contents which are ruining our nation’s kids and youngsters!Recommend

  • bangash
    May 20, 2012 - 7:13PM

    Facebook was very successful that they now blocked Twitter !!! Country is run by fools.

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  • MESSY
    May 20, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Hope PTA resume twitter services after return of AAZ from NATO Summit. Most of journalist using twitter and exchanging minute to minute information with followers thats really disturbing Govt and allies :) keep in mind that twitter much better than FB in term of news :PRecommend

  • sick of this nonsense
    May 20, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @hasan:
    Kindly answer a question from an “educated illiterate”?
    1) Why haven’t ANY other Muslim countries blocked twitter?
    2) What about the people who actually spread good words about Islam on twitter, what are they suppose to do now?
    3) What message does this give the rest of the world when we act with so much emotions without thinking?
    4) Have you ever used twitter?

    P.S I have an MBA from top business school in Pakistan along with certifications most people cant think of passing. I am a devoted Muslim but did not know objecting to blocking of social media websites on impulse would make me an educated illiterate :)Recommend

  • Ahsan goheer
    May 20, 2012 - 7:26PM

    ban facebook too it has more blasphemous pages than twitter

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  • Ali Zain Kara
    May 20, 2012 - 7:36PM

    Sign the petition to restore Twitter!
    http://chn.ge/twitterpk

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  • Muhammad.Hassan
    May 20, 2012 - 7:40PM

    Good decision

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  • Ali Azfar
    May 20, 2012 - 7:43PM

    First porn. Now this. Will someone pleeeaaasssseeee ban PTA?Recommend

  • May 20, 2012 - 8:00PM

    It seems that we are the only Muslim state in the world….

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  • Shehla
    May 20, 2012 - 8:11PM

    @Jat:

    how do u know?? any proof??

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  • HrO
    May 20, 2012 - 8:28PM

    It should’nt be resumed now and people should stay away from twitter after this

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  • Ali
    May 20, 2012 - 8:34PM

    I think Govt. should ban televisions, cameras, loudspeakers, airlines, electricity, automobiles etc. Because surely the one who is committing blasphemy is also using all these services. Why don’t we use these mediums to spread love and harmony and try to let others know so that nobody even commit blasphemy.

    No matter how better we pose ourselves as liberals, our acts are not synced to what we say.
    I think we are at point of no return from imploding ourselves.

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  • kaalchakra
    May 20, 2012 - 8:39PM

    A necessary and very appropriate move. Nobody has a right to offend the religious sensibility of any Muslim.

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  • Faizan
    May 20, 2012 - 8:46PM

    OMG they need to grow up. This is no reason to block twitter. there are million such things goin on the internet what are they goin to kill the internet aswell. Sometimes they make so silly n stupid decisions.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 8:50PM

    This makes me so angry. When will these idiots learn? They can’t stop things like this. They live in an age where anyone can write anything without repercussions. And they need to stop advocating their false piety and filling their own pockets. It’s no coincidence that the word “moolah” is American slang for “money”. I am sick and tired of these overly religious busybodies shoving their opinions down our throats.

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  • great
    May 20, 2012 - 8:52PM

    No porn, no facebook, no twitter, no beer, no girls, no electricity, no nothing. No wonder people are resorting to violence.

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  • Conan
    May 20, 2012 - 8:53PM

    Banning twitter won’t stop the blasphemy.

    Ironically the ruling party is the most liberal party in the country, yet time and time again they’ve passed conservative laws to appease the militant right-wing in this country.

    Such as banning alcohol,extra-marital relations,social media, and even adult entertainment sites, this Government is even censoring our text messages.

    Pakistan is turning into a police state.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 8:56PM

    @Waqas: Please. Grow up. Realise it’s not going to happen. The western world is not going to bend over backwards for people they already wrongly consider to be savages. If people have a problem with the blasphemy, they should leave Twitter. And ignore the things. Trust me, there are a lot worse things happening out there. And it’s not like these things could ever hurt the Prophet in any way. He has 1.5 billion followers. I don’t think a few idiots making caricatures will tarnish his reputation. What might tarnish his name(naoozubillah) is this kind of reaction towards everything. Take Sweden for example. Here’s a country which provides free education and has benefited many Pakistanis seeking high quality education in the past. But due to the cartoon issue, our country put a ban on scholarships to Sweden. Goodbye sanity. Goodbye tolerance. Hello radicalism. We as a nation just love to chop our own legs with hatchets

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  • Abdullah
    May 20, 2012 - 9:03PM

    brilliant…should be banned for ever

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  • May 20, 2012 - 9:06PM

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT WELL DONE we should have done this very earlier but plz ban twitter for good we always forget this with the passage of time and then start using it again.

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  • Abbas
    May 20, 2012 - 9:16PM

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  • iqbal
    May 20, 2012 - 9:28PM

    To follow an independent debate on this ban follow the comments on skynews.
    http://news.sky.com/portal/site/skynews/menuitem.ee7913f6661fec1eb2221910413071a0/?vgnextoid=96fd1c9cbe967310VgnVCM1000005d04170aRCRD&vgnextchannel=406d13a367a67110VgnVCM1000009811d20aRCRD#commentForm
    Just shows how the world thinks of us. It appears we are living in the stone age. Can the last person leaving Pakistan please switch of the lights.

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  • afzaalkhan
    May 20, 2012 - 9:44PM

    The 1/3 that want to leave pakistan are right here on tribune :)

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  • Salman Hameed
    May 20, 2012 - 9:45PM

    It is just Topi Drama, they want to continue NATO supply and they want to barred the social media pressure agains the NATO supply, from last few days #geolostnato , #blocknato and #JI4nation was the top trending at twitter.
    in same days MQM and Qadyani groups tried to low down these trends but they could not stopped the expression of real sentiment pakistani people.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 9:48PM

    @Sam:
    Why didn’t saudi government or other Islamic countries block Twitter!!!
    because they are true muslims.

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  • True Muslim Paki
    May 20, 2012 - 10:09PM

    Hindu’s & Christians make fun of their own gods. They don’t take religion seriously & not pious as we are. So, we can’t even retaliate! So, I think a ban on twitter would at least send a warning to social media sites!

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  • Discostu
    May 20, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Ban the internet. You can find all kinds of crazy stuff on it. I’m going to burn my books, prescription glasses and my car. I’m growing a beard and riding a camel. Wear my pants high, and get closer to my Arab roots.

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  • Concerned
    May 20, 2012 - 10:21PM

    The Men sent by God to this world cannot be degraded by normal human beings. They are above hatred and showered love even on those who abused and condemned them. Those who are preturbed by some mischief mongerers are not true followers of Prophet Muhammad who gave a message of love to his followers for such ignorant people. I am not a Muslim but read his life story and what impressed me most that he gave message what he practised in his life, which made me write this comment.

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  • Sky
    May 20, 2012 - 10:45PM

    @Khurram Shahzad:
    And further isolate your self from the world?

    Not a good idea.

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  • May 20, 2012 - 11:07PM

    @Sani Raza Khanani:
    Prince Talal is a twenty percent owner of NewsCorp. He owns Fox News, the greatest opponents of Islam in the media. I really doubt he would do anything

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  • Batman
    May 20, 2012 - 11:12PM

    “Rehman Malik had spoken to the prime minist­er, who ordere­d for the site to be unbloc­ked.”

    Geeeeayyyyy bhuttoooo!! now i will vote for PPP.

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  • senmc
    May 20, 2012 - 11:15PM

    Good going…. i thought that this step of govt would be well praised after such a long time…This should have been done earlier with facebook too,ultimate ban to these sites would have warn those who think this is some kind of a joke.. to play with emotions,values and culture of someone.Now i really see a ” a real pak youth”.surprising! all we are getting is “Now the govt should ban pen,pencil n papers??? Amazing! actually this is a state which shows how confuse we are.Live your life out of a hypocrisy

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  • Ahmed
    May 20, 2012 - 11:35PM

    Why not it is blocked? It is extreme shamelessness from an islamic country like Pakistan.

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  • Zafar
    May 20, 2012 - 11:41PM

    I don’t see anything wrong in blocking such website. We don’t have to be too much obsessed with free speech and other such notions. They are never there in any part of the world. You can try to dress up like OBL or draw his graffiti or post his pictures or cartoons on your website, they are sure going to be blocked. PTA should be more proactive to take action against websites, which are not sensitive to our concerns. Remember what happened with Ashton Kutcher advertisement? If don’t please check up.

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  • Parvez
    May 21, 2012 - 12:17AM

    …unblocked through Rehman Malik’s initiative. – a true Jedi knight’s act.

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  • May 21, 2012 - 12:51AM

    I totally agree with the comments of Mr. Sani Raza Khanani.. Saudi Arabia was suppose to banned this site as well because the person is a big share holder of Twitter.. dont know what was the propaganda behind this all drama

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  • qureshi
    May 21, 2012 - 12:56AM

    Atleast we should try to understand the gravity of the situation. It is extremely painful to muslims commenting on this action with such an indifferent attitude that it looks like they have not been given religious education at all. They have not been told who the Prophet was and what considerations are required to keep our Emaan intact. Otherwise we are only muslims by name and having no Emaan at heart the muslim name will not be of any favour in the Hereafter.

    This is a very alarming situation that people are continously humiliating the best of mankind and most of us are not objecting it. This is nothing but a time to save our Emaan. May Allah give us guidance to live and die as a muslim

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  • May 21, 2012 - 1:00AM

    Being a Muslim, I don’t think it necessary to promote freedom of such expressions. In fact, it must be banned because it promotes hate among various religions.

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  • Imran Con
    May 21, 2012 - 1:56AM

    …Muslims simply ignoring something and not taking offense? People are dreaming.

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  • Imran Con
    May 21, 2012 - 2:04AM

    @Reaching out to the left:
    Nothing doesn’t incite violence from Muslims. The world has to make an exception for you. You forced it.

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  • Imran Con
    May 21, 2012 - 2:08AM

    @True Muslim Paki:
    Warning about what? They might get some peace if they irritate you enough?

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  • AFPAK
    May 21, 2012 - 2:28AM

    Ban the “banning of free speech” to bring Pakistan in to 21st century…

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  • Fayaz
    May 21, 2012 - 2:48AM

    Why only in Pakistan ? Making a joke of itself.

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  • Afridi
    May 21, 2012 - 3:50AM

    wt a shameful act by Govt, they shouldnt have blocked the tweeter instead they should have raise the voice in parliament

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  • May 21, 2012 - 7:53AM

    Pakistan government should ban everything that the mullahs get even the slight bit emotional about…. its better if electricity is cut to pakistanis also as it may be a trick of bad jinns and roads that are concreted over should also be banned as its bidah they should have sand thrown over them to make them compliant with the national lets be future mullahs of pakistan movement

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  • Ahmad Mirza
    May 21, 2012 - 1:38PM

    They always mock us and succeed and we being utter fools always respond.

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  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 21, 2012 - 2:32PM

    @MrTenPercent:” But due to the cartoon issue, our country put a ban on scholarships to Sweden” That is hard to beat

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  • May 21, 2012 - 4:55PM

    @Afridi:
    First of all, it’s “Twitter”. Not tweeter. Second, if you bothered to read any of the comments by sane people who don’t think like you, you would know that banning Twitter is terrible for our country in the long run. Third, I’m sorry if I come off as condescending. But I AM being condescending. Because there is no doubt in my mind that Islam is not as severe as this. And Islam teaches rationality. And there is also no doubt in my mind that I am right and some of the people here are dreadfully wrong. I know I sound arrogant, but I can’t help being arrogant in these situations when people are so blatantly ignorant. Cheers.Recommend

  • jagjit sidhoo
    May 21, 2012 - 6:42PM

    @Ahmad Mirza: Every school kid knows, if u show irritation when someone is trying to tease u the whole class will get after you. These guys just want to have fun, by showing u are getting irritated you are making sure they have a party. This competition on twitter would have been a non event had you ignored it now you have made sure it will be a HUGE HIT.

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  • May 21, 2012 - 8:27PM

    @imran con
    i suggested a peaceful remedy and also a islamically correct (as far as i can muster) analysis of why PTA did what it did. you want to investigate this let me know.
    then again people do get violent at this. it is a fact. and they are a lot of people. so it again shows western hypocrisy as they clearly state in their charter that anything inciting violence will not be regarded as freedom of speech. they do not outline the permissiveness of the violence as you are implying.
    the human rights’ charter also states religions should not be insulted. so it is further proof of western hypocrisy. seeking out the world opinion over anything is shambolic since most people are victims of their whims and desires even if they are “educated” and have different levels of intelligence. so that part of your statement is incorrect as well.
    might do good to read upon islamic view of freedom of expression which is more accurate and balanced:
    http://www.caliphate.eu/2009/04/islams-view-towards-freedom-of-speech.html

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  • May 21, 2012 - 8:32PM

    @iqbal
    why is the world approval necessary for anything?
    isnt world view a subjective term that changes with age?
    the humans have not evolved into enlightenment. we are no smarter than our predecessors. their views and our views of the world are different. so who was right?
    as a Muslim you have to accept the view of Islam and if you have time you should study our world view. you will find it is ironically very liberating, peaceful and just than the subjective world view you seem to seek.

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  • Iqbal Qadir
    May 21, 2012 - 9:22PM

    Ban internet. It is infidel technology.

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  • Abdul Jabbar
    May 21, 2012 - 10:11PM

    It had nothing to do with blasphemy. It was blocked to prevent Tweeters from making fun of #Zardari and his visit to US and possible humiliation

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  • kaalchakra
    May 21, 2012 - 11:00PM

    A sad day, This was a great opportunity to ban Twitter and Facebook forever. The nation needs to stop wasting time on unproductive activities which can lead good Muslims astray. I hope soon another opportunity arises.

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  • May 21, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Just used Twitter for two hours. Also prayed and kept my belief in Allah. Still going to Hell.

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  • May 22, 2012 - 1:27AM

    @kaalchakra: agreed Pakistan should ban everything and we should all grow beards and live in caves even the women! We need not study Islam as the bearded ones will have wisdom dripping from their mouths – the more emotional the more wise…. lets recreate Pakistan and recreate Islam into the Mullahs version!

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  • maestro
    May 22, 2012 - 11:09AM

    If it was totally upto these so called ministers, they would ban mobile phones, land lines and tv channels also, while they sip their “beverages”. You cannot control what people say around the world – if someone says something offensive about our Prophet (SWA) – ignore it and move on. That person will answer to God not to you, me or this hypocritical drunk government. They banned it because of the rise of PTI not anything else. And Pakistan – stop being so absorbed in religion that minorities are attacked, women are humiliated and raped for minor offenses while a minor majority of you knows even one verse of the Quran. Separation of state and religion is a must and that was the vision Quaid had before everyone after him turned a potential golden opportunity in this great land into a disaster! Cheers.

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  • Rml
    May 22, 2012 - 11:51AM

    @OP: Agreed!

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