Twitter Blocked in Pakistan

  • Micro-blogging website Twitter has been temporarily banned across Pakistan on Sunday by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Express News reported.

    Express News correspondent Suhail Chaudhry 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.

    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 are in negotiations.

  • There will always be offensive material on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Those who are offended themselves writes very offensive comments. Gov should keep itself out of banning business. In US wikileaks are accessible and in Pakistan Gov keeps on banning FB, YouTube, Twitter.

  • Raja Rental in action once again.

    This guy was the architect and main handler of zardari for kickbacks and commissions in rental power scam and now he has been given the IT Ministry.

  • Why they don't know a very small point here which is "banning something equals Advertising".

    This step will make headlines in international media.Those who wasn't aware will visit and spark the flame which leads to demonstrations,burning public property and destroying our own cities.

    Thank you for this u ignorant fools in PTA.

  • Twitter Blocked/Banned In Pakistan Due To Blasphemous & Inflammatory Content

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