Lahore High Court Lifts Ban on Facebook

Posted on May 30, 2010
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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).

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

  1. Aslam Khan says:

    The ban was a stupid idea and made us all look even more stupid than we actually are! Glad at least this stupidity is now over. Although other stupidity thrives

  2. Who dignified and adored My Kaaba with worship and prayers?
    Who embraced My Qur’an with its light in their hearts?
    Who struck lightning while battling Romans and Persians?
    Who knelt and bowed in humility when the Azaan echoed?
    No doubt, they were your ancestors, butwhat are you?
    With hands spread out for charity, like beggars are you.
    Divided into sects and separated as clans,
    Are these the traits you boast of to glorify time’s span?
    O, Of course you are Syeds, Mirzas and Afghans too!
    But O ye proud ones, tell Me, are you Muslims too?


    ….If you are loyal to Muhammad My Messenger, than I am all yours,
    What is this world in value, even Destiny is yours.”
    (Tranlations of verses taken from Allama Iqbal’s “Jawab-e-Shikwa) — Translated by Muhammad Naveed Ahmed.

  3. Adnan Siddiqi says:

    Eidee: What’s your stance about banning every youtube link which hurts your President Zardari and PPP?

    I am loved
    By the most beautiful of women
    Ever created by God Almighty
    In the years since I was born.
    I love her too
    With the same incalculable intensity
    So much so
    That my heart, mind and soul
    In fact, every breath that I take
    Owe I to her and her majestic love.
    I shall not name her
    Till the right time comes…

    Yet even with so much love
    Overflowing with boundless energy
    From my being
    I am unable to control my angst
    At watching people killing other people
    In the name of religion and faith.
    I cannot come to terms with the fact
    When the newspapers around the world reported
    How an old wealthy piece of filth called man
    Forcibly married a very young girl
    A girl who was old enough to be his daughter.
    And not content with his sexually hideous acts
    That hedgehog of a man
    Molested her and killed her
    More barbarically than Chengiz Khan would have done.

    My lady love tells me with utmost tenderness
    To pay not heed to such incidents
    And quietly do my duty in helping mankind.
    But my spirit revolts deep inside
    When I see injustice being done
    Wherever and whenever it may be.
    And a “Samson” inside me awakes
    To annihilate the rot and scum of earth
    Singlehandedly as it does appear
    But with the angels of Almighty Allah
    Helping me in my cleansing act.

    I am loved and I am lucky
    But to help those who do need me
    Is a fire that runs in my blood
    And I care not for what might happen
    To me as I demolish the demon.

    O my lady love pray for me
    That I remain invincible
    Like I have always been
    So that the evil mischief mongers
    Be uprooted from here completely.
    O my love shouldn’t I be angry
    Should I not be hurt or grieved
    When some demonic assholes take out their pens
    And draw cartoons of God’s beloved Prophet*?
    Tell me O my love if you can
    How can I all this mischief stand
    Without doing nothing against such evils?
    I love you and know fully well
    That you love me even more
    But my fairest lady it is not fair
    To ridicule or make fun of my religion
    Like being done by the freaks of Satan.
    I challenge each and every one of them
    To face me in dialogue, debate or battle
    And show them a taste of God’s firm mettle
    Breathed in me by his angels and fairies
    O my beloved I must destroy God’s enemies.
    I am not afraid of speech or reasoning
    Nor am I a coward in fighting
    You know me well so keep on praying
    That I with God’s help prove their ending.
    Like Samson destroyed the idol Dagon
    And Ali, Prophet Muhammad’s cousin
    Brought down the gates of Gaza on foes
    Even I too may live up to my vows.

    © Muhammad Naveed Ahmed

  5. Sami says:

    I find the picture you have used both funny and sad.

    THESE are our leaders. Has any one of them ever even used a computer?

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