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Pak court orders blocking of Facebook

world Updated: May 19, 2010 13:34 IST

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered authorities to temporarily block social networking website Facebook following a controversy over a competition on blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Mohammad on the site.

Justice Ijaz Choudhry of the Lahore High Court issued the order in response to a petition filed by the Islamic Lawyers Movement seeking a ban on Facebook.

The court ordered authorities to block the website till May 31.

It also directed the Foreign Ministry to raise the issue of the blasphemous caricatures at the international level.

The judge directed the foreign secretary to register a protest with the concerned countries.

The court also sought a response from the Pakistan telecommunication authority on the issue.