Islamabad, Jun 24: Lahore High Court in Pakistan has ordered a ban on nine leading websites including Google, Yahoo and Hotmail, MSN, YouTube, Bing and Amazon, accusing them of posting blasphemous materials. The court ordered Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block nine websites as earliest as possible.
Mr Muhammed Sidiq filed a petition in the court accusing that these websites were publishing sacrilegious materials and twisting facts about quran which are harmful to Islam community. He had sought for banning these online sites, in the petition.
Justice Mazher Iqbal Sidhu heard the petition and issued the order banning these websites. He has also ordered the PTA Chairman to be present before court on Jun 28, with relevant materials.
The spokesman for the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan, Wahaj-us-Siraj told a news agency that they have not received such an instruction, so far.
The popular networking sites including Facebook, had been blocked by Pak authorities in May for holding blasphemous materials. The access to the sites were later restored.