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Ban on facebook lifted in Pakistan

Lahore High Court Monday temporarily lifted ban on the social networking website Facebook and adjourned the hearing of the case till June 15.

Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry in his remarks during court proceedings today said that the government should monitor such issues so as to avoid hurt to the sentiments of Muslims.

The court said the Facebook will face ban again if the sacriligious depictions on the site will be repeated.

The court had banned Facebook in previous hearing of a petition filed by the Islamic Lawyers Movement.

Najibullah Malik, secretary of the information technology ministry, says the Lahore High Court lifted the ban Monday after Facebook removed a page encouraging users to post images of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Malik says Facebook also apologized for the page, which was offensive to Muslims who regard depictions of the prophet as blasphemous.

As of midmorning Monday, access to Facebook was still restricted.

Malik says government officials are waiting for a written court order before they advise Internet service providers to restore access to Facebook.



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