Published on May 20th, 2012 | by Bilal Sulehri1
Twitter Blocked in Pakistan
PTA has blocked Twitter in Pakistan citing the publication of blasphemous content on the social network.
PTA officials claim that Twitter Authorities failed to respond and take action regarding their reservations about publishing blasphemous content on the micro-blogging site. Instructions to all ISPs have been passed from Zonal Directors to immediately block Twitter.com and PTA is actively ensuring that its instructions are complied with.
Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Mr. Yaseen was interviewed by Dawn. He was quoted:
”We have been negotiating with them until last night, but they did not agree to remove the stuff, so we had to block it (Twitter)”
Instructions to block the site came from Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology, said Yaseen.
”The ministry officials are still trying to make them (Twitter) agree, and once they remove that stuff, the site will be unblocked,” said Yaseen.