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Twitter unblocked in Pakistan

- May 20, 2012 - Updated 2258 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Social networking website Twitter has been unblocked in Pakistan.


Twitter was blocked earlier on Sunday as it failed to respond and take action regarding the publishing of blasphemous content, according to the Ministry of Information Technology.


Minutes before filing this report, Interior Minister Rehman Malik tweeted that he had talked to the Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and informed him about how people were feeling about blocking of Twitter, a social networking website. "PM ordered to reopen the twitter", he said.


"As committed twitter has been unblocked but I request to stop anti Islam material on twitter which hurts Muslim Ummaha. It nflicts feelings," another tweet of Rehman Malik said.


Earlier, the IT ministry claimed that calls made to Twitter authorities over the matter remained unanswered. The micro-blogging website is used quite often for the promotion of a blasphemous competition run on Facebook.


"The website has been banned by Ministry of Information Technology and the decision was conveyed to us. There was blasphemous material on Twitter," said Mohammad Younis Khan, spokesman for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).


In 2010 following a Lahore High Court ruling, facebook was also blocked in Pakistan for the same reason. Twitter has grown in popularity in the last few years and it is estimated that an approximate 6 million people use it in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments
Every one MUST have a say in what they believe.Just as we are very different so are our beliefs. If there is something online that you do not agree with. DO NOT READ IT!

You cannot block beliefs simply because they disagree with your own. Christian nations do not block expression of Islamic beliefs, simply because they do not agree with them. If your faith in your religion (any religion) is strong, it can withstand all challenges

If Facebook and Twitter not to stop blasphemous material and anti Islam or materiel against any Religion in the world then these kind of websites must be blocked......

Abubakar Sattar
Kia aj ka muslim Facebook or Twitter k bager nahi reh sakta, chahy ye sites un k RASOOL ke kitni bhi toheen kary. Shame he aisy muslims per. Govt to islam dushmano ki agent he ham to nahi hn, boycott to face book & twitter

shani khan
Both the webs must be permanently blocked in Pakistan. Can't we give up that time wasting vulgar things, for the decorum of our beloved Prophet (SAWW).

Both the websites,Twitter and Facebook must be banned

Government did hurry to reopen twitter, at least should wait till response from twitter authorities.

Management blocked the website! its ok, But Blocking the website is not solution of problem, management have to think about the problem. thanks

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