Lahore High Court Lifts Ban on Facebook

Posted on May 30, 2010
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Law & Justice, Science and Technology, Society
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The news is finally in. As expected, the Lahore High Court has lifted the ban it had earlier imposed on the social networking site, Facebook.

So, what is the lesson in all of this? Who gained what in this entire episode? And who lost what?

The essentials of the news, as reported in The Express Tribune, are as follows:

The Lahore High Court (LHC) lifted the ban on social networking website Facebook on Monday. During today’s proceedings, the court demanded gaurantees that such content will not be accessible to users in Pakistan. The court observed that the act would be treated as contempt of court if it is repeated again. Meanwhile, deputy attorney general and PTA representative assured the court it would not happen again.

The court also outlined the government’s responsibility in such cases. The Lahore High Court banned Facebook on May 19 for hosting a blasphemous drawing contest and asked PTA to submit a written reply. Menwhile, the next hearing was adjourned till June 15. The popular social networking website was banned by the Lahore High Court after a controversy over it hosting blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Muslims across the world were offended by a Facebook page which declared May 20 a day to caricature Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Despite a growing surge of protests by Muslims, Facebook had opted not to remove the page. The court had temporarily banned the social networking site Facebook till May 31 across the country. It had issued the order after an Islamic forum of lawyers sought ban on access to the popular social networking site for holding a contest of drawing caricatures on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

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29 responses to “Lahore High Court Lifts Ban on Facebook”

  1. Kamal says:

    What is the lesson:

    We [again] made fools of ourselves in front of the entire world. And that is all we did!

  2. USMAN says:

    Good decision. The ban was a stupid idea to begin with.

  3. Techie says:

    Amazed at the picture. These are the people moving public opinion on the future of technology in Pakistan!!!

  4. @Techie: sorry to burst your bubble but 2 e-polls conducted by Awab Alvi(not a Mullah) and Pro-Pakistani website(against not a Mullah site) gave stats that 70%+ people were in favor of ban. Even in recent tweet Awab alvi admit that the lifting of ban order by LHC is against Public opinion. I appreciate Awab’s sensibility that he realized the reality.

    So far its banned on PTCL, once is lifted, i will happily remove my account by sending a “token of Thanks” to Mark Zukerberg to educate me with His Jewish teachings.

  5. Facebook comes online again in Pakistan, now Bangladesh bans it on hurting the sentiments of muslims, read everything on my post : goes-online-in-pakistan/

    btw, this is not spam, take care

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  7. Aayjay says:

    This is laughable: ‘the court observed that the act would be treated as contempt of court if it is repeated again’.

    Now that we have achieved our revolutionary goal of ‘azaad adlia’, we’ll see more and more judges making fools of themselves.

  8. I am done with depicting myself as “Liberal Muslim” to the world without regard for my religious fundamentals.
    I am angry because facebook did not respond to the disgrace caused to my beloved Prophet (P.B.U.H)
    Faithful billion is a dazzling social network to get connected with your family, friends, classmates and relatives who are far away from you since long. Now, you can share your ideas, thoughts, songs, poetries, and photos with everyone you want to.
    It is simply full of entertainment with respect for everyone. Here at this community, we value your identity; we do not mean to hurt your perspectives for religion, race, color, ideology, ethnicity and gender. In fact, we are here to promote humanity not any specific religion.
    I have deleted my account from facebook and orkut and joint the GreenBillion campaign…
    I am really impressed with this nifty idea of designing such an interesting community.
    I will truly invite you to join me at this platform….
    SIGNUP NOW!!! You will surely enjoy here.
    Fwd this message you all your friends and network.

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