70pc want permanent ban on Facebook
Public poll conducted by a technology blog
Karachi, May 26: The 70 per cent people in Pakistan want permanent ban on
Facebook, while another 14 percent said they support court's order for
banning the website till May 31, 2010.
In a public poll conducted
by a technology blog, the participants expressed
their sheer anger on Facebook for displaying blasphemous drawings of
Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).
The vote count is in thousands while the
poll is still running. In the first three days of the poll, some 70 per
cent of participants said they want Facebook to be banned permanently
in Pakistan, while another 15 per cent supported Facebook's ban till
May 31 only.
The eight per cent participants were of the opinion
that single URL ban was enough while the remaining seven per cent said
they did not want ban on Facebook at all.
Lahore High Court has earlier ordered banning Facebook and YouTube till May 31 for showing inappropriate content on websites.
on poll results, Jabran Rafique, a student in London said that thousands of people had complained Facebook to
remove the blasphemous content through Facebook's standard reporting
procedure but no action was taken at all by the Facebook
"But on the other hand they only took 20 minutes
to shut down a page against Jewish on demand of some so-called Jewish
Does it not a discrimination against only one race and religion? We must not use Facebook ever again," he concluded. The nation
"IF WE REALLY A TRUE MUSLIM THAN WE MUST HATE FACEBOOK AND YOUTUBE 4 EVER..AND NEVER USE IT AGAIN"
"This world has turned out to be a global village now, no wonder excess of everything and negative use of anything could be harmful (most of the times). Facebook when started it started out very well. Its CEO became the youngest millionaire in the year 2008. At the same time, when we talk about the usage rate of facebook in Pakistan in simple words facebook earns almost 47percent of its total revenue from Pakistan. The more we sign in to facebook the more we give money to them. For instance, i would like to tell you where the market of facebook game users lie in this world, without a doubt Pakistani market has such a potential to avail such opportunities, (rest of the world doesnt even have time for all such stuff). Facebook was built to develop a platform where social gatherings could meet and make stronger relations. Events, blog posts, communities and it has all that we need today to exchange our views and to broaden our minds, Pakistanis did everything except its above mentioned characteristics. But one mistake that facebook did recently was the competition that was held under the lead of Facebook team. This is where their frustration appeared. Now, this is the time we should wake up and serve them with some reply. The best we could do is to deactivate our accounts from the facebook to turn their profits (which they have been using against us) into losses.May Allah help us in these hard times."
Name: Bahrooz Ali Hashmi
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan
"what is the problem with this salman taseer and rehman malik all people of pakistan are demanding ban on facebook and they are going to unban it are they not muslim is this not elected party shame on them and salman taseer is the biggest ********"
City, Country: lahore
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A writing on the wall(paper)!
Lahore: A local developer has come up with social networking
website by the name of 'MillatFacebook' to facilitate the users of the
banned Facebook in Pakistan.
The website was launched through the Judicial Activism Panel at the Lahore High Court Bar Association here on Tuesday.
The developers of MillatFacebook say they have launched the website for
those who want to seek alternative to Facebook after its ban in
Pakistan. The local network has all the features and efficiency which
the banned one would offer, they claim, and add that their website will
also serve as a warning for every website which would try to commit any
sacrilegious act in future.
JAP chairman Muhammad Azhar
Siddique said Pakistanis were not against modern technology but wanted
its use within moral and religious bounds. He lauded the effort of
Global IT Vision, the creator of MillatFacebook, and appealed to the
Muslims to make the website a great success.
"We should give
a strong message to the western world that we are independent Muslims
who do not rely on such websites which insult our worthy Prophet
Muhammad (peace be upon him)," Azhar added. LHCBA President Mian Abdul
Qaddus, Secretary Babar Murtaza Khan and Advocate Ahmad Sibtain Fazli
also spoke. Dawn
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Facebook, knowledge-based website: Taseer
Lahore: Governor Salman Taseer has said knowledge-based corporations
such as Facebook have significance in the current age and they are a
great source of knowledge which should be utilised.
the 8th Convocation of the University of Central Punjab (UCP) on
Tuesday, Taseer said the knowledge-based corporations were replacing
industries in the current age. He said the country is being governed by
genuine democracy and despite all the difficulties its journey would
He said that Pakistanis are peace loving
who could never support terrorism in any form, adding that terrorists
have no religion and they are losing ground in the country.
about his recent visit to the US, the governor said he had told the
people of the USA that Pakistan has played the most important role in
the war on terror. He said the country is under a true democratic
set-up at present and there is freedom, free media, no political
prisoner or anything against the democratic norms. He said the
democratic government has successfully countered all the challenges
facing it including terrorism and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
further Pakistanis stands united against terrorists and supported the
army in Swat in its successful operation which purged the area of
militants. He said people like Faisal Shahzad, the accused in Times
Square bombing, don't reflect the Pakistanis who have no liking for the
subversive elements. He said the present government has remarkable
success in handling the issue of millions of the IDPs who were sent
back to their homes within months.Taseer said Islam was not spread due
to militants in the sub-continent, rather Sufis spread the light of
religion in the region. He said women have a remarkable role in the
progress of the country and their education has great significance in
The governor appreciated the role of Board of
Directors Chairman Mian Amir Mehmood and former Governor Punjab Khalid
Maqbool on the occasion. He hailed the role of Mian Amir Mehmood for
improving standard of education in the private sector.
the convocation, 928 degrees were awarded to students whereas medals
were given to 51 position-holders.Former Governor Punjab Lt Gen (R)
Khalid Maqbool, Chairman Board of Governors Mian Amir Mehmood, UCP Pro
Rector Tahir Hijazi also spoke on the occasion. The news
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NA body on IT recommended legal action against Facebook
Islamabad: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and
Telecommunications Monday passed a resolution against blasphemous activities of
Facebook and recommended to take international legal action against the
responsible parties. The committee meeting chaired by MNA Chaudhry Muhammad
Barjees Tahir, in the very onset drew the attention of the members towards
blasphemous activities on face book and desired to have discussion on it first
followed by the Ministry and concerned organizations' explanation about their
performance against such blasphemous activities.
The Advisor to the Prime
Minister on Information Technology and Telecommunication, Secretary of the
Ministry of Information and Technology and the Chairman Pakistan Telecom
Authority informed the Committee that blasphemous URL was blocked by the PTA,
one day before the High Court ruling.
They also informed the
Committee that no country has done any specific activity in this regard, except
in Turkey where students have backed the blasphemous websites.
The Advisor told the Committee
that the whole nation wanted to take measures against blasphemous activities and
we blocked, not only the face book itself, but other websites also which were
linking towards such blasphemous materials.
"We shall be doing this for all
times to come. Though in Christianity they create movies and pictures of their
Prophet but we would not tolerate caricature of our Prophet," he said.
The Chairman Standing Committee
expressed the heart burning of Committee members on such hateful mater and put
before the Committee to resolve that the Committee reject all times of
The Committee had on its
agenda; to further probe into the privatization of PTCL in the light of previous
meeting held on April 20, 2010; comprehensive briefing by NTC, on its
performance during last two years and other items.
But, the agenda about the
privatization of the PTCL was deferred for the next meeting as the Advisor to
the Prime Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh could not make it convenient to
attend the meeting because of his heavy engagement for National budget.
The National telecom
Corporation gave the presentation about their performance during last two years.
After presentation few questions from members were also replied by the Advisor
to the Prime Minister on Information Technology, Secretary Ministry of
Information Technology and Chairman National Telecom Corporation. App
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Ban on Facebook, YouTube imposed under pressure
Islamabad: Participants of an interactive session on 'Curbing
rights to information' observed that banning sites like Facebook and
YouTube was done under pressure from an uninformed rightist lobby
whereas these sites also contain huge body of learning material.
session was organised by South Asian Free Media Association here on
Tuesday. Prof Ashfaq Saleem Mirza conducted the proceedings.
Khan from Centre for Civic Education, answering questions said holding
cartoon competition was a decision of some individuals and not of the
institutions. He said that Gen Zia made us a single narrative
generation where Urdu book after seeing its contents seems to be an
Islamiat book. He asked why the courts do not take notice that
minorities are forced to study a religion not of their own. He said all
this emotive form is more in Pakistan whereas Muslims are there in
Indonesia, Bangladesh, etc even in India. He said that Pakistanis
living in other countries having access to Facebook will not be
browsing the controversial pages anyway. It is up to you to browse a
website or not. He said read Khilafat-o-Malukiat of Maulana Maudoodi
and you will find how our system deteriorated.
Mazhar Abbas said activities like cartoon competition are increasing
extremism in the Muslim world. He said that the government banned such
sites for other reasons and not out of Islamic zeal. It provided relief
to the government. The participants, however, said that it was banned
by Lahore High Court and the government implemented the decision. Mr
Abbas said that Pakistani people always rejected extremism in electoral
votes. They know they can never win so they are doing politics of
violence and oppose democracy, he said.
Zahid Hussain, a senior
journalist, said that one can find hate material in East and West but
the reaction and its justification in our country is quite different.
He said something wrong there does not justify the same thing here. He
said he heard even generals saying 9/11 did not take place.
scientist Harris Khalique said that international media and websites
should definitely be more responsible when it comes to hurting the
feelings of any community but opposed the mullas who wanted to try all
those organising the websites like Facebook. He said that Article 2 of
the Constitution contradicts fundamental rights.
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Facebook ban pushes second drive-in cinema project off-course
Karachi: The second drive-in cinema project, which was being
organised by a separate group of students, has hit some snags after the
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) imposed a ban on Facebook in
the wake of a Lahore High Court (LHC) order.
The first drive-in
cinema project, 'Cine Drive.' had been organised as a class project by
some students from the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science
and Technology (SZABIST). Inspired by their success a group of four
students, Pir Ali Gul, Ali Dadi , Shahrukh Ali and Muhammad Salman, all
from separate universities, decided to follow up. They started
marketing their project, 'Cinema on Wheels,' on Facebook. Everything
was going well, until the Facebook ban "halted all progress," Gul said.
Marketing for the project had started a week before
the ban on Facebook. The group had been using the social networking
website to host polls, asking potential customers to vote for the
movies that they want screened. Among English movies, the choice was
between Ace Ventura-1, 2012 and Dark Knight; while in Indian films,
users were asked to vote for either Sholay, Dil Chahta Hai or Hera
Pheri. "As per our last updates, Sholay and Ace Ventura-1 were leading
the polls, but since the ban, not only has the voting stopped, people
are also confused whether the project is actually going ahead or not,"
The Facebook ban, the group said, had badly affected
small businesses and events organised by students like them, who take
on small initiatives to provide alternative forms of entertainment.
"Groups such as ours don't have much of a budget. We can't spend money
on billboards and heavy marketing; websites such as Facebook were our
only option," they said, explaining that the cost of arranging a
drive-in cinema in a space such as the one opposite the National
Sailing Club costs around Rs150,000 per day. "If the Facebook ban is
not lifted by May 31, as anticipated, the project may have to be
cancelled for good, the group said. The news
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