Nine websites committing blasphemy and hurting sentimental feelings were banned in Pakistan by the court. The websites include especially Hotmail, Yahoo and Google, who allegedly posted blasphemous material on their respective websites. But, companies’ officials were not aware of any such instructions and being banned in Pakistan.
According to the media reports, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority was directed by the Lahore High Court Bahawalpur Bench directed on Tuesday to block nine websites without any delay. The websites, for publishing blasphemous and promoting disrespectful
material include Amazon, Bing, YouTube, Hotmail, MSN, Yahoo and Google.
The petition was filed by Mohammad Siddiqe on which Justice Mazhar Iqbal awarded the order of ban. During the hearing, PTA Chairman was also ordered to appear in the court with relevant materials and documents.
Some internet users say, that there are there to share different opinions from around the world but not interested in involving such debate or arguments. There are people who say that such kind of stuff is posted on the websites to draw more traffic to generate more revenue, as internet is a great source of income. As in Pakistan a large number of people in registered with these websites and targeting any particular religion is win-win situation. After posting any material, there are comments which are replied through different websites’ links and users keep clicking them one by one.
This is the simple way of forcing someone to the website. Once the ranking is higher more ad agencies post their advertising on that website.
The ban was imposed to stop and prevent misunderstanding and blasphemous material about the Holy Quran. The websites were producing twisting facts about scriptures and were not controlling any such material for publications. Even though there are some limitation and guidelines for any website that any infringing material should not be posted and if any such thing happens it would be prosecuted.
According to Head of a local Bar Association-Aslam Dhakkar-the ban on such websites is a historic decision and a lesson to learn for others. But, on another hand Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said that it did not receive any such instruction from the court, what they have is only media reports.
Spokesperson-Wahaj-us Siraj-for Pakistan Internet Service Provide Association also said that he is yet to receive any such directions or instruction to block the websites. He also said that once he receives any such instructions from the court, he will follow the directions.
In sometime back, such a bas was imposed on Facebook-popular social networking-for posting such blasphemous material and caricature of the holy prophet and holding a competition titled Everybody Draw Mohammad Day. But, after sometime, with assurance from the website not to repeat any such episode in future, the access was restored.
This is not the first time that such material has been posted on social networking websites. In the past, there are many incidents of such events from Yahoo and YouTube, which created a great debate about how much access you have to hurt the sentiment of any particular religion.