Pakistan has blocked access to the popular microblogging site Twitter over content that is deemed blasphemous according to Islam.
The country’s leading English daily dawn reports that twitter was banned today in Pakistan by orders of Pakistan Telecommunication’s Authority (PTA) because the site was promoting a Facebook-hosted contest that included posting images of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad, something considered blasphemous in Islam.
Reuters reports that PA has been discussing the contentious competition with Twitter team for some time in attempt to get them remove the objectionable content. PTA is said to have asked the Internet Service Providers in the country to block access to Twitter without explaining the reason.
PTA’s chairman Mohammed Yaseen was quoted by Irish Times telling that twitter will remain blocked in Pakistan until the issue of the contentious material on the site is resolved.
However, the ban proved temporary as access to Twitter site was restored well before midnight in the country. The Washington Post reports that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani stepped in and ordered the restoration of Twitter. According to the paper, the ban on the site in Pakistan lasted about 8 hours on Sunday.