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Pakistan blocks Twitter over Mohammed cartoons: Officials

Pakistani government bans mini-blogging site Twitter over competition to post cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

AFP , Sunday 20 May 2012
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Pakistan on Sunday blocked Twitter over a competition to make caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed on the social networking site, officials told AFP.

"The website has been banned by Ministry of Information Technology and the decision was conveyed to us. There was blasphemous material on Twitter," said Mohammad Younis Khan, spokesman for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

 Asked about the nature of the "blasphemous" content, Khan said there had been a planned competition to "post caricatures of Prophet Mohammed".

An official from the ministry said it had requested several times that no such competition be put on Twitter but the website had failed to respond.

Islam strictly prohibits the depiction of any prophet as blasphemous. Muslims across the globe staged angry protests over the publication of satirical cartoons of Mohammed in European newspapers four years ago.

In 2008, a suicide attack outside the Danish embassy in Islamabad killed eight people. Al-Qaeda claimed the attack to avenge the cartoons.

Pakistan blocked Facebook and YouTube in mid-2010 because of similar "blasphemous" content.

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ali khamis
14-09-2012 12:41pm
islam means peace and no one should be allwed to interfere that peace hence i congratulate the pakistan gvmnment for that reactions......prophet Muhammad is a unique prophet hence deserve maximum respect.
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