A Pakistani court on Monday lifted a ban on social networking website Facebook which had carried a competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad, but access to any “blasphemous” material will remain blocked, a lawyer said. Any representation of the Prophet Mohammad is deemed un-Islamic and blasphemous by Muslims, which constitute the overwhelming majority in Pakistan and Facebook was blocked two weeks ago because of the online caricature contest.
The Lahore High Court ordered Facebook unblocked after getting assurance from the government that “blasphemous material” would no longer be available in Pakistan, lawyer Azhar Siddique told Reuters. “The government has assured the court on behalf of the website that the blasphemous material would not seen in Pakistan,” said Siddique, a representative of the Islamic Lawyers Forum, who sought ban on Facebook. “The court … told me that I can file a contempt of court petition if blasphemous material is again seen on the website in Pakistan, because it is a violation of Pakistani law.” Facebook was still unavailable mid-day in Islamabad, but was expected to return by the evening.