LHC seeks PTA stance on permanent ban on Facebook

The LHC has sought the stance of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority on a permanent ban on Facebook.


Express July 27, 2010

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC)  has sought the stance of Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on a permanent ban on Facebook.

A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court, seeking a permanent ban on Facebook on Monday. The petition is being taken by Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

The petitioner prayed that Facebook might be permanently blocked in Pakistan for placing objectionable and blasphemous caricatures.

Facebook had already faced an interim ban in the country for holding a competition for blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

A petition had also been field for the banning of 17 websites for alleged blasphemous content. The Bahawalpur bench of the Lahore High Court however cancelled its orders for the ban on seventeen websites following a court hearing.

A draft of the PTA’s new system and rules regarding blockage of websites was recently leaked online.

COMMENTS (56)

Manzoor chandio | 11 years ago | Reply Facebook bad site az it has bad page on President Asif Ali Zardari. it bad, it shud ban in Pakistan.
mohammad javaid | 11 years ago | Reply The whole discussion about banning a particular site should be considered in a global manner.We cannot ban all the sites where the objectionable material appears for a society. There is a system in our country that we donot allow anybody to enter without the passport , so why donot we systematise that objectionable materials on our television,internet is not allowed. I understand in Saudi Arabia(somebody need to confirm if this is a fact) the objectional material like pron material is not allowed on the internet and firewalls for such material propogation is installed by the concerned department (like PTA in Pakistan) by a law globally instituted by our parliament. . Let us clean up our internet and the television which is propogating the 'obscenity' of others which our society does not accept. there
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