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Pakistan court orders Facebook access restored

world Updated: May 31, 2010 11:53 IST

A Pakistani court on Monday ordered authorities to restore access to social networking website Facebook, nearly two weeks after it was blocked nationwide in a row over blasphemy.

Justice Ejaz Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court issued the directive after ordering the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority on May 19 to block Facebook over "blasphemous" drawings of Prophet Mohammed that appeared on the website.

"Restore Facebook. We don't want to block access to information," Chaudhry told the court.