Shia killing watchdog site apparently banned

Local twitterati protests against ban.


Web Desk July 14, 2012

A website which acts as  watchdog for murder of Shias, motivated by sectarian differences, Shiakilling.com, was apparently blocked on Saturday night.

Visitors were greeted with a "this webpage is not available" sign as they tried to access the site.

Many people from Pakistan on the social media site twitter protested against the forced inability to access the web page. Some blamed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority for instituting a politically motivated ban, however this could not be confirmed independently.

The site came back online briefly, before visitors started getting the aforementioned notice again.

The block comes Saturday night, almost a week after the regulatory body had blocked the official website of the Ahmadiyya community, which was 'unblocked' later.

Episodes of violence against Shia Muslims in Pakistan have been on the rise recently, particularly target killing of community members in Karachi and Hazaras in Balochistan.

Some on twitter protesting against the apparent ban wrote under the trend hashtag #DontBanShiaKillingWebsite:

Abdul Nishapuri‏@AbdulNishapuri

Don't waste your tweets in support ofhttp://ShiaKilling.com . Use this hashtag to build a campaign: ‪#DontBanShiaKillingWebsite Please RT

Darvesh‏@Darveshh

The most updated portal that provides report on Shia killing in Pakistan,http://Shiakilling.com , has been banned.‪#DontBanShiaKillingWebsite

Ali Salman Alvi‏@alisalmanalvi

In a hideous move PTA has banhttp://Shiakilling.com . Instead of stopping Shia Killings they are suppressing the voices against Shia Killings.

COMMENTS (37)

Ali Raza | 9 years ago | Reply

Thumbs up for Express Tribune Group. :) thnx Alot

Ali Raza | 9 years ago | Reply

The ban is removed now, after the Huge campaign. Else the situation would have much much worsen in not just city of Khi but the country. For a user @Awan : Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a Shia(Khoja), The First Cheque given to Quaid after Pakistan's creation was given by Raja Mehmoodabad Also A Shia. Its A Fact..!!!

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