ISLAMABAD May 21 Pakistan banned access to
Twitter on Sunday because of "blasphemous" material, a Pakistani
official said, but normal service was resumed after 12 hours.
The government did not specify which users or messages had
prompted the ban on the microblogging site or why it was allowed
to operate again so quickly.
Any representation of the Prophet Mohammad is deemed
un-Islamic and blasphemous by many Muslims, who make up the
overwhelming majority in Pakistan.
Pakistan blocked access to Facebook in May 2010 for
nearly two weeks because of users conducting a competition on
drawing Mohammad. Twitter, YouTube and about 1,000 other
websites were also blocked for carrying blasphemous content.
The Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan said
its members had been asked to block Twitter indefinitely, but no
reason was provided by the government.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik, an active Twitter user, said
on the website Sunday night that he had intervened and asked the
prime minister to order an end to the ban.
"Dear All yes I spoke to PM and informed how people are
feeling about it.PM ordered to reopen the twitter," Malik
(Reporting by Qasim Nauman; Editing by Rebecca Conway and Nick