LHC Orders PTA to Ban Facebook in Pakistan

Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday ordered to block Facebook till May 31 which encourages members to draw Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) caricatures.

Justice Ejaz Chaudhry said that the government should record its protest at international level.

Hearing a petition regarding blasphemous page on Facebook, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Advocate said that Facebook hurt the emotions of Muslims with the publication of said page about blasphemous caricatures but the government became a silent spectator.

Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malim said that PTA has blocked the blasphemous link of Facebook. Director Telecom Mudassar Hussain said that there would be great loss after the complete closure of Facebook. Lawyers and civil society representatives protested the statement of Director Telecom.

The government yesterday had directed the PTA on the orders of LHC to block the blasphemous caricatures link on Facebook. After the directive, the PTA took necessary steps and blocked the link on Facebook.


Update: ISPAK has confirmed that PTA has directed all ISPs to completely ban Facebook till May 31st, 2010.

Update: Micronet sent following email to its customers

Micronet has blocked access to www.facebook.com in compliance with orders of Lahore High Court passed today.

Facebook has been holding a competition to draw caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and has not removed the objectionable hate materials despite thousands of emails from Pakistani facebook community.

This access would remain block till 31 May 2010 or further orders by the Lahore High Court.

Best Regards

Manager
Technical Assistance Center
Micronet Broadband Pvt. Ltd.
Islamabad

Update: 5:44 PM – May 19, 2010

Update: Following is PR from Ministry of IT and Telecom

BLOCKAGE OF FACE BOOK WEBSITE DUE TO PUBLICATION OF PROFANE ANTI ISLAMIC CONTENT ON ITS WEBSITE.

ISLAMABAD: MAY 19, 2010

In compliance with the orders of Honourable Lahore High Court, Lahore, on the Writ Petition No.10392/10, dated the 19th May, 2010, the Ministry of Information Technology has issued a directive to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block the ‘Face Book’ and all other internet links displaying sacrilegious caricatures of the Holy Prophet.

Ministry of IT has also directed the PTA to remain alert and watchful and block all such links displaying the profane caricatures immediately.

Ministry of IT has requested public at large to contact a dedicated Telephone No.0800-5505 and e-mail address: [email protected] , to transmit necessary information, should anything to the effect of objectionable caricature get displayed/propagated at any website.


  • PTA should do what they did to youtube, redirect it to some dummy site – most of the routers in world will see this as fastest path to FB and will redirect all users…. and once complete – PTA can apologize to FB ;) …. I will like it!

      • It worked for YouTube – here is the article…

        http://www.technewsworld.com/story/61821.html?wlc=1274270654

        “The PTA asked Pakistani ISPs to block access to three IP addresses that are associated with YouTube’s site.

        The ISPs could have used one of several methods to block access to the IP addresses, Danny McPherson, chief research officer at network infrastructure security provider Arbor Networks, told TechNewsWorld.

        They could have deployed access-control lists on all their router interfaces leading to those addresses; routed the three IP addresses to a null, the ISP equivalent of a black hole on the network; or basically have all packets that were being sent to or from those three IP addresses automatically discarded by the network.

        The second option requires the ISPs to add static routes to every router in their networks. However, the effect of that is to tell the world that traffic to those three IP addresses should be sent to the ISPs instead of to YouTube.”

  • AWESUM AWESUM! cant believe…. LHC took the BEST action.. i must say this is called UNITY to show our gratitude to our BELOVED BELOVED Prophet Muhammad(P.B.U.H).

    I cant express my feelings of happiness over this decision. I hope to see FACEBOOK completely banned throughout Pakistan for atleast next 10 days.

    And if they do again in future, we must PERMANENTLY Ban facebook. (yes we can live without Facebook… Facebook TEAM is very proud of its product) but we DITCH such a cheap product whoese owners are ATHIEST and BIASED…

    May Almighty Allah curse them on Day of Judgement.
    Surely Allah is greatest Power. Allah-Akbar!

  • MashAllah… Facebook should be completely banned forever and so is youtube just like in China.

    They are hurting Muslims/

  • Yes this is indeed a good step and I am glad to see my fellow Pakistani Muslims supporting this decision.

    But the government needs to do more. The government should take up this matter further and protest at international level.

  • Facebook completely banned for me. Okara – PTCL Broadband.
    Thanks LHC. Go to hell Facebook.

  • Aamir Bhai why Director Telecom Mudassar Hussain said that there would be great loss after the complete closure of Facebook ????
    Why he is so caring about lost of facebook ?

  • Only in PAKISTAN. We should really completely ban technology in Pakistan and again start living in caves. Like ostrich and pigeons we like to hide our face from realities. Rather than ban a single page the whole of facebook has been banned Subhan Allah.

    • Your children are already around the ban on Facebook, some of them are supporting the atheists in their rights to draw the images. All you are doing is creating a distance between you and your children that may lead to them overthrowing your country, lol.

    • So is a single site the representative of all technology? There are always other options, we don’t have to stick with biased people.
      If you love a stupid site more than your honor that’s fine. But I support the ban and I deactivated my account at exactly 20th of may. I have better things to do than looking at lame pictures all day. I prefer space.com and other educational sites.
      Be liberal but don’t be a supporter of the Kuffar.

  • very gr8 step by LHC…and yes i totaly agree,PTA should do what they did to youtube i.e redirect it to some dummy sites and once complete then after a day or two PTA can revert and do a fake apologize to FB……facebook go to hell

  • Maybe because he also not able to access the site in these 10 days and Many important people miss him there :p

    good step taken by LCH

  • I really appreciate the court’s action, but it would have been really great if a couple hours notice were given to users to remove/deativate their account. More users could have changed their display pic. This way the message given to FB could have been more clear.

    Banning FB will cleary result in lost revenue of local social media advertising agencies, who will eventually contact FB directly to remove the blasphemous pages. This is a good step taken by LHC, but some planning may have resulted in a sharp hit.

  • With great power, comes great responsibility!

    According to me, all social networking sites should apply some limits or make some policies so that no one should be able to write or share anything about anyone’s religion or anyone in history.

    If this is not controlled, then there will be chaos everywhere. We have so much limited life and we are still fighting over religious issues. No one should be able to make such comments or post anything which is a disgrace for others.

    I hope everyone understands and these social networking sites which have become giants in their respective domains should feel the responsibility.

    An outstanding step taken by the government of Pakistan. Facebook is banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Let’s hope Facebook realize and remove such events/groups from its site.

    http://ranahammad.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/goodbye-facebook/

  • Shamefully, Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, Sindh and Baluchistan doesn’t seems to care of Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and prefer their dear Facebook!

    • buddy people from sindh were posing videos which were praising Prophet Mohammed Saww and debating with that, though it is a gr8 work of panjabis i must say

      • @Ahsan: Don’t put your lameness of mind on others. Why did others not initiated the step? Include those Dear Arabs too now, wondering what made them like facebook so much over their dear Muhammad

  • GReat Great decision this is PAKISTAN ! Long live Pakistan just made me Proud ! GOD BLESS Pakistan! but
    its sad to know that how unilateral FREEDOM OF SPEECH is ” Hey Facebook, RESPECT ethics arent u civilized, arent u amused when ur mom gots banged and rest of internet laughs about it” !

  • Shamefully other provinces didn’t bother to do this!
    Only Punjab was awake enough for that!

  • Amir Bhai, Have a question?

    I can still browse Facebook at my cell phone (Opera Mini 5, UC Web) at Zong GPRS…
    all these work..

    m.facebook.com
    touch.facebook.com
    wwww.facebook.com

    but when I tired all above links at “Mobile Regular Browser (Nokia)” n PC bowers (Opera, Firefox, IE8 n Chrome) they didn’t go browse…

    then why still at mobile? Please inform concerned authorities about it too.

    • Better you first elucidate your inclination first… we ain’t here for fun… our religion is not fun!!!

    • There’re only two religions; The religion of Allah(the only God) and the religion of Lucifer(Iblees)…. Alhumdulillah I am entirely into the religion of Allah

  • Hi guys as you know that Pakistan Government has banned Facebook, which is a very brave and good Action. Now i am going to give you a alternative website’s link, where you can perform almost all those kinds of activities which u were able perform at Facebook. All of you login at http://www.netwatan.com. Its Pakistan’s first ever social networking website and i guess now this is the time when we should support Pakistani Products and services, so that our industry could grow and can reach to the International level, so that it would become easy to voice our objections on different matters like this matter of facebook. Thanks and do loging to Netwatan.

  • woww..amazing…Masha Allah
    thts the wonderful action taken by PTA..
    May Allah guide others as well …Aameen
    Namoos-e-Risalat par Jaan bhi Qurbaan hay!! – Insha Allah!
    em so happyyyyy…cant express my feelings for the ppl who struggled for it…
    May Allah Ta’ala keep us firm & steadfast on the true path -Ilaahi Aameen

  • Very good step , but it is not banned completely , I checked on my Mobile , its working on Mobile , it must be banned on every level.
    Allah bless us all.

  • Mobile version and Touch pad version are still working.They must put a ban on subdomains.

  • Sorry to say but Yes , F|_|ck the Facebook

    They dont follow their own Term of Service TOS , its not Freedom of speech , its called Freedom to Hurt !

  • Great…. Pakistani govt ny bohat acha kia ha k block kr di ha facebook aur mery khyl se issy permanent block kr dna chahy.

  • FACEBOOK IS STILL ACCESSIBLE with a super stupid simple trick!! (doesn’t involve any proxies and works from within your normal browser)

    I will not declare it here, but its a shame for our *technical* guys in the gov and ISPs #FAIL

  • i have just sent an email to PTA for the working URL`s..

    one more thing, we just need to find some replacement of FAcebook so that peopple will not go again to FB…i belive this is the golden time…
    any suggession??

  • fb is still accessable through mobiles Dunya News.
    Zong and other mobile companies might have invested on Fb to display their adds so how can we expect deom them to block fb

  • To be honest my eyes are full.Man how on the earth they always insult out Holy Prophet :( ..GOV. we don’t need anything from you..loot us,kill us but please don’t ever ever ever allow anyone to insult our religion and our beloved Prophet and ALLAH

    • O. muslims authorities please block face book permanently.Now they again got courage to have competation to tear quran bc they know muslims will not do nothing. please do it immediatly

  • yes this is very very good decision taken by Lahore High Court, PTA and all other people who supported them to ban facebook :) PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • LHC nay bahut acha step leya ha as facebook ko block karwa kay main yahan par aik bat kahna cahhao ga aur yah fact be ha jetnay log facebook ko go 2 hell lekh rahay han jub yah open ho ge tu sub say pahlay yah log he use karain gaay yah sub yahan per dekhawa kar rahay han m sorry 2 say but its 101% fact mujay mari bat say agree karay or na karay


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