Pak Court orders to block Facebook over cartoons

A Pakistani court ordered authorities to temporarily block social networking website Facebook following a controversy over a competition on caricatures of Prophet Mohammad on the site.

Updated: May 19, 2010, 13:20 PM IST

Lahore: A Pakistani court Wednesday ordered
authorities to temporarily block social networking website
Facebook following a controversy over a competition on
blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad on the site.

Justice Ijaz Choudhry of the Lahore High Court issued
the order in response to a petition filed by the Islamic
Lawyers Movement seeking a ban on Facebook.

The court ordered authorities to block the website
till May 31.

It also directed the Foreign Ministry to raise the
issue of the blasphemous caricatures at the international
level.

The judge directed the foreign secretary to register a
protest with the concerned countries.

The court also sought a response from the Pakistan
telecommunication authority on the issue.

PTI