[Reader-list] Jeeve Pakistan - LHC orders blocking of Google, Yahoo, 7 other sites

Pawan Durani pawan.durani at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 11:36:15 IST 2010

Very shocking , though not surprising...... Pakistan is becoming
another Afghanistan......unfortunately


BAHAWALPUR: The Lahore High Court has directed the Pakistan
Telecommunication Authority to immediately block nine websites for
publishing and promoting sacrilegious material, and ordered the PTA
chairman to appear in the court on June 28, 2010 along with all
relevant material.

Justice Mazher Iqbal Sidhu of the LHC Bahawalpur Bench, while hearing
a write petition on Tuesday, ordered blocking of nine websites
including Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, YouTube, Google, Islam Exposed, In The
Name Of Allah, Amazon and Bing.

A citizen, Muhammad Sidiq, filed a writ petition No. 3246/2010 in the
LHC, seeking a ban on the websites for publishing blasphemous
materials and twisting the facts and figure of Holy Quran. Deputy
Attorney General Muhammad Hussain Azad also endorsed the viewpoint of
the petitioner and demanded blocking of these websites.

Counsel for the petitioner, Latif-ur-Rehman Advocate presented CDs and
other evidence in the court, showing that the said websites were
publishing sacrilegious material. Later, President High Court Bar
Aslam Dhakkar said the court has given a historic decision. He said
the legal fraternity would observe a complete strike in Bahawalpur on
Wednesday (today) against publication of such material by these
websites. He said a meeting would also discuss the situation today.

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