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Pakistani court bans Facebook over blasphemous caricatures

English.news.cn   2010-05-19 16:14:08 FeedbackPrintRSS

LAHORE, Pakistan, May 19 (Xinhua) -- A court in Pakistan Wednesday imposed ban on Facebook over a competition of blasphemous caricatures, lawyers said.

The Lahore High Court issued the order after an Islamic forum of lawyers sought ban on access to the social networking website as it set to hold a contest of caricatures on Prophet Muhammad.

Judge Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry instructed the Ministry of Telecommunication to enforce the ban on the use of Facebook in Pakistan and submit a written reply by May 31.

Officials told the court that the government has already blocked parts of the Facebook relating to the caricatures competition but the petitioner argued that no part of any website can be banned unless the whole website is blocked.

Chaudhry Zulfikar Ali, lawyer for the Islamic Lawyers Forum, said that the competition of blasphemous caricatures created concerns among the Muslims across the world.

"The competition has hurt the sentiments of the Muslims," the lawyer stressed.

According the the lawyer, some 45 million people are using Facebook in Pakistan.

On Tuesday, Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority had blocked access to Facebook after protest in parts of the country.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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