Pakistan bans Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, YouTube, Bing & Amazon

A Pakistani court has reportedly ordered a ban on nine leading websites, including Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, YouTube, Bing and Amazon,  for publishing and promoting sacrilegious and blasphemous material.

Justice Mazher Iqbal Sidhu issued the order while hearing a petition filed by a man named Muhammad Sidiq who claimed these websites were publishing sacrilegious material.

The judge also ordered the PTA chairman to appear in court on June 28 with relevant materials.

Sidiq, in his petition, sought a ban on the websites for publishing blasphemous materials and twisting facts about the Quran.

Aslam Dhakkar, head of a local bar association, was quoted as saying that the court had given a historic decision.

However, officials of the PTA said that they had received no instructions to block the websites, yet.

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