Pakistan restores Twitter after block over Mohammed cartoons
Twitter was blocked in Pakistan for 12 hours before being restored at the request of the ministry of information technology.
Sun, May 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
BLOCKED: A Pakistani is seen using his laptop computer to try to enter social networking website Twitter, in Quetta. (Photo: Banaras Khan/AFP)
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan restored access to Twitter on May 20, just hours after blocking the site over posts related to a contest involving caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, the telecoms authority said.
"Twitter service has been restored," said Mohammad Younis Khan, spokesman for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). It had been cut off around 12 hours earlier.
The spokesman said the telecoms authority had been ordered to restore access by the ministry of information technology, but he did not know the reason for the decision. No one from the ministry was immediately available for comment.
The posts on Twitter deemed offensive promoted a competition on Facebook involving caricatures of the Prophet.
Speaking earlier on May 20 before the ban was lifted, Khan said that "Facebook and Twitter were involved. We negotiated with both. Facebook has agreed to remove the stuff but Twitter is not responding to us."
The IT ministry had ordered Twitter to be blocked, he said.
Twitter and Facebook were not reachable for comment.
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