Micro-blogging website Twitter has been temporarily banned in Pakistan on by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). Twitter has been blocked due to an ongoing “competition” of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) caricatures.
The PTA blocked the access to Twitter directly from the upstream links without notifying Internet Service Providers (ISPs), said Wahajuz Siraf, convener for Internet Services Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK).
Denying the news, PTA spokesperson Colonel Muhammad Younus said that he “does not know anything about the ban”, adding that he “would check” if anything like this has happened.
Earlier, Ministry of Information and Technology tried getting through to authorities on Twitter throughout the night and that about five faxes were sent to the micro-blogging website.
Eventually, in reply to PTA’s e-mail, Twitter authorities replied saying that they “cannot stop any individual doing anything of this nature on the website”.
One ISP provider, on condition of anonymity has advised callers registering complaints to use Vtunnel and proxies as an alternate to access Twitter.
Currently, the micro-blogging website is still accessible by means of mobile phones and secure browsers such as Opera Mini.