A man tries to access social networking website Twitter in Pakistan. Twitter was banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority last month. Recently, a Shia watchdog website came under a similar ban and members of a Shia religious organisation protested the ban in Karachi. - File photo by AFP
A man tries to access social networking website Twitter in Pakistan. Twitter was banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority last month. Recently, a Shia watchdog website came under a similar ban and members of a Shia religious organisation protested the ban in Karachi. - File photo by AFP

KARACHI: In what was possibly the first protest of its kind, a religious organisation was met with aerial firing by the police in Karachi, when they gathered to demonstrate against the shutdown of a Shia watchdog website.

The Shia Action Committee was protesting the alleged ban of the website www.shiakilling.com, when they were stopped at downtown Karachi’s Numaish Chowrangi, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

The protestors, who were reportedly in hundreds, set off from Shah-i-Khurasan area (Jamshed Town), chanting anti-government slogans on their way. When they reached Numaish Chowrangi, police tried to stop them, which led to an altercation between both parties. Police officials then resort to aerial firing. While the crowd dispersed to the nearby alleyways, some still managed to move past Numaish and continued with their agitation.

A website, which monitors and maintains a “death count” of Pakistani Shia Muslims targeted in sectarian violence, has been banned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, which operates on the directives of the Ministry of Information. Upon attempting to access the website, users are met with a “Access denied” message, a usual occurrence for banned websites.

Pakistan has previously banned social networking websites including Facebook and Twitter for carrying content considered disrespectful towards Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

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Comments (51)

furqan
July 18, 2012 3:34 pm
website bnd krna acha qadam ha .
Javiad
July 18, 2012 1:47 pm
People (Pakistanis) should act mature enough to see whats good & bad for them, & find for themselves who is committing evil & discord and make conscious conclusions based on their own logical sound minds. Since when did the Government become the in-charge of censoring/blocking (good/bad) information from us? Instead the Government should be spending more time into educating the illiterate Masses, who can be competent enough to make decisions for themselves.
Javiad
July 18, 2012 1:49 pm
So if Dawn.com has mentioned that so & so number of Shias were killed in Quetta, Karachi, Parachinar etc etc.... than Dawn.com should be Banned as well?
Mahmood
July 18, 2012 10:17 am
Agreed with khalid
Faisal
July 17, 2012 5:47 pm
Why?
Rauf
July 17, 2012 6:20 pm
All the websites spreading hatered and sectarianism must be banned. My friend why don't you talk about what Iran is doing with Sunnis in Iran, the state is killing more and committing atroticies there and no website is to show that and now you advocate for a site which is instigating sectarian violence. This is conspiracy against the country to create Shia Sunni rift and violence. Everyone knows in Pakistan we have extermist groups both in Sunnis and Shias and both kill each other which is normal and there is no need to make it so much public that peaceful Sunnis and Shias start killing each other. At the end the Shias will lose more as they are in minority so better to create harmony and discourage such initiatives.
FAHEEM
July 18, 2012 12:10 pm
AGREE WITH ZEHRA
nayyer
July 18, 2012 11:49 am
Do you agree that shias are other than muslims and must be counted separetely
Razzaq
July 17, 2012 6:18 pm
Banning the websites is not going to help.What is needed and needed very urgently is a strict ban on all kind of hate material in words,prints,or the actions.This has now become a vital issue and a matter of survival of the country.
Zaynab
July 17, 2012 5:43 pm
Contact me and I will put the website up from here for you, where they can't touch it. riverofblue@yahoo.com
Ali
July 17, 2012 5:42 pm
Lol.... A move that has no justification.... bias in all manner... dispect to freedom of rights...
Ajaya K Dutt
July 17, 2012 7:04 pm
Let me understand what you are saying - "Any website that mentions any killing of a perticular sect or ethnic members should be banned".
Pakistani
July 17, 2012 7:09 pm
Wow... yet another, in order to hide its bad faces Govt uses such moves. Every killing should be reported be it shia sunni, pakhtoon, balochi punjabi sindhi, saraiki gilgiti, kashmiri muslim momin pakistani. If they ban it lets start up by making 5 websites for each ban they will understand.
Razzaq
July 17, 2012 6:13 pm
Agreed
Syed
July 17, 2012 4:49 pm
Pakistan is unbelievable. On one end it won't stop laskhar e jhangvi, sipah sahaba from killing innocent shias all across the country yet they have blocked the shiakilling site which basically reports and informs people of every shia killed there. These killers and their sympathiser don't fear God and obviously no one can do anything to them in Pakistan anyway. What a shame
Irfan baloch
July 17, 2012 4:35 pm
good call government Malik Ishaq of Lashker Jhagnvi and Mullah Fazlullah Fazlullah of TTP and their friends and cousins will praise your move while slitting the throats of our Army men. oh by the way.. why not protest against the Indian atrocities in Kashmir?
Syed
July 17, 2012 6:30 pm
Khalid, this website does not preach hatred toward any other sect. It only reports any shia in Pak getting killed so people are informed and hopefully we see a positive change in Pakistan
dilawer
July 17, 2012 3:49 pm
They should include death counts of all being killed in Karachi and keep track of all denomination. Later, they can show that data is highly skewed and shows that certain denomination is being targeted.
khalid
July 17, 2012 3:23 pm
Not only Shia website, but all websites mentioning any sectarian or ethnic divisions must be banned in Pakistan
Zehra
July 18, 2012 6:04 am
Excuse me.....this website was not mentioning any sectarian or ethnic divisions....for your information.....it was a watch dog site reporting killings of innocent shia muslims all over pakistan......it should never be banned since it highlights atrocities committed against innocent,unarmed people just because of their Shia Faith...and if it is to be banned then ammensty international should be banned as well!!!!!
Mustafa
July 17, 2012 8:26 pm
how about banning the LeJ murderers from brutally murdering, beheading and terrorizing all of Pakistan? How about banning these LeJ terrorists from spreading hate against other Pakistani's in the name of religion? Sad and disappointing that you support banning a website that simply reports a particular section of the society being butchered in the most gruesome manner on a daily basis by LeJ animals
Abdul Rafay
July 17, 2012 9:13 pm
For your kind information shia are not only killed in pakistan, sunni killing in majority, the political party workers are mostly sunni and the sunni ulama also targets why not you talk in favor of them.. Infact they are also muslims as well as pakistani..
Qaiser Bakhtiari
July 17, 2012 9:41 pm
How about working on eradicating the killings of shia .... instead of shooting the messenger.
malik
July 17, 2012 9:53 pm
why? so you keep on killing whoever does not agree with you.
Imran
July 17, 2012 10:04 pm
Yes, all websites should be banned while we should encourage those carrying on the killings to continue. Bravo! We need people like these in this country to ensure its total destruction.
Najeeb
July 17, 2012 10:20 pm
Killings are needed to be banned; not the news; the reason behind banning the website was that it was publishing the names of those who killed.
Ahmed
July 17, 2012 10:47 pm
@Khalid this website was only reporting the death of innocent people . It was not providing any sort of religious material. @Ifran ... Malik Ishaq's website is still spreading hatred . All banned sectarian orgnisation has been protesting from Karchi to Islamabad and are being presented as Heroes by Pak media . Why not you go and protest for death of innocent Kashmiris .
Ahmed
July 17, 2012 10:56 pm
@Khalid this website was only reporting the death of innocent people . It was not providing any sort of religious material.
anony
July 17, 2012 11:50 pm
So much for democracy and freedom in Pakistan.
Qamer
July 18, 2012 1:28 am
Why they could not find a better name for their website "www.shiakilling.com" is a bad name for social website. Find a more reasonable name and do not be aggressive toward the contents so people can visit without any objection and also government of Pakistan would not even pay attention of a less objective and informative website.
@pkrevolt
July 18, 2012 2:30 am
utter nonsense! Government's failures against sectarian terrorists and failure to stop the killings of Shia, Ahmedis, Hazaras, etc are laid bare by this attempt to hide the truth when a website starts to document all cases of Shia deaths in Pakistan.. How about shutting down the jihadi-led Difa-e-Pakistan council? Why are those terrorists allowed to hold huge public gatherings and their jihadi mullah allowed to deliver extremist sermons to the masses?
Samy
July 18, 2012 3:06 am
The movement of Hussainyat is powerful not because it is met with brutal force everywhere but for its roaring dare to defeat with the matter with blood. This attitude is confirmed by Quran.
mazher hussain
July 18, 2012 4:20 am
Say pakistani & not Shia or Sunni etc
Bilal Berberi
July 18, 2012 4:35 am
A very good call by Khalid.
Ahad
July 18, 2012 4:51 am
Meanwhile, all websites of Taliban, Lashkar Jhangvi and Sipah Sahaba are fully functional.
Shahzad Salam Kasi
July 18, 2012 5:16 am
Why ban the web-sites ? When, all the sectarian groups are allowed to kill openly !!! Can't the govt stop the real atrocities ?
sherie
July 18, 2012 5:20 am
banning a website is like closing your eyes. how does that help? people have a right to information... and if one claims the website is providing wrong information, then is it not our problem to believe it or not? and then should you also not ban PTV? instead of looking at how to create awareness and how to sort our problems, we ban any thing that doesnt fit our 'box' of appropriateness. subhanallah!
Mohammed
July 18, 2012 5:21 am
It does'nt contain any thing which is against Islam,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Its Shias right to protest .........& also to run & maintain this website.............
Mohammed
July 18, 2012 5:36 am
& Its not an Religious iffensive Websites........!!!!!!!
Umair
July 18, 2012 7:06 am
Definitely this is not the type of site to be blocked... though I am in favor of blocking other sites...
innohunter
July 18, 2012 7:09 am
Blame the incompetent government bro.
lambardar shoaib
July 18, 2012 7:14 am
Good, all websites which may cause secterianism or likely to be caused social and religiouse differences must be banned by the Govet.
Zakir Hussain
July 18, 2012 7:21 am
Khalid you are right, all the secterian & racial groups, political parties, TV channels, Newspapers and websites must be banned in Pakistan. Law should me enforced without discrimination. Many things wrong are happening in the country in the name of " free media, freedom of expression and democracy". Any Pakistani being killed or his property and honor attacked must be condemned by all of us. We must not allow our mosques, imam bargahs and other public places to be used by fanatic. We love Pakistan and evry citizen must be protected.
Batool
July 18, 2012 7:35 am
Totally Agree with Zehra.
Umer Farooq
July 18, 2012 7:59 am
Agree With Batool Shiakilling.com is totally against terrorism.
Rauf
July 18, 2012 8:11 am
Yes banning a website is not the solution but banning the sectarian violence is the only solution.
rauf
July 18, 2012 8:34 am
Not agreed. How do you compare Amesnity international with a sectarian website?
zaynab
July 18, 2012 5:07 pm
Pretending a problem does not exist is what causes divide Shoaib. Truth always sets people free, hiding it doesn't help.
Sajjad
July 22, 2012 6:07 am
Any of you agreeing with the ban of this website, please take a moment and think about this......if you are seriously against sectarian division the first thing you should do is protest against these killing rather than agreeing with the ban. These innocent people are being killed because they are shia. Shouldn’t you be asking the killers (who openly admits that they are the killers) to stop killing innocent Muslims because of their sect. If you take a stand that there should not be a single person killed or even hurt because of their sects and any one responsible for these crimes is NOT a Muslim, only then you are truly against sectarian division and we will all respect you. It is sad to see that you were able to take time to write against a website which was only reporting the crimes but did not say a world against the killers…..is this just??
Azeem
July 25, 2012 4:47 pm
your missing the point. the website did not promote sectarian hatred, it just documented them, it was not owned by foreigners or american ngos but local people. Why block the messenger ? why are other taliban sites which promote sectarian hatred not blocked ??? one day any anti zardari or govt site may be blocked if you allow this to happen
Azeem
July 25, 2012 4:48 pm
your missing the point. the website did not promote sectarian hatred, it just documented them, it was not owned by foreigners or american ngos but local people. Why block the messenger ? why are other taliban sites which promote sectarian hatred not blocked ??? one day any anti zardari or govt site may be blocked if you allow this to happen but I agree all racial parties or sectarian parties should be banned, but the ban should apply to all not just shias
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