By Zia H Shah MD
As of 7th of June, 2013, the Muslim Times has been banned in parts of Pakistan. When the readers try to log in, instead of our content, they read, ”The website is not accessible. The site contains content that is prohibited for viewership from within Pakistan.”
The Muslim Times stands for the religious freedom of every human being, for Universal Brotherhood and Sisterhood and for Separation of Mosque-Church and State, in every country of the world. Pakistan Government did not say for which of these aspirations, they have chosen to ban us.
At any rate, we in the Muslim Times, take it as a compliment in disguise. Pakistan has moved us from the stage of ‘ignore,’ to ‘ridicule.’ Mahatma Gandhi, the great sage from India, once remarked, about political oppressors:
First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.
Many of the other news sites, like CNN, Yahoo and the Huffington Post, every so often, indulge in frivolous and obscene and the Muslim Times never does that. Notwithstanding our principled publication history, Pakistan Government has singled out the Muslim Times, for the honor of being banned.
In some ways they have gone against their own policies as documented in Wikipedia:
In April 2003 the PTCL announced that it would be stepping up monitoring of pornographic websites. “Anti-Islamic” and “blasphemous” sites were also monitored. In early March 2004, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) ordered Internet service providers (ISPs) to monitor access to all pornographic content.
We, in the Muslim Times, pray to Almighty Allah that let this trial imposed on us, by the myopic Pakistan Government, be a source of more and better readers. May His decree enable our readers outside Pakistan to share our worth while content with their friends and family, in Pakistan, through email, phone and other means.
For comments in the original posting and how to overcome the problem, click here.
The following is the message that shows up for different places in Pakistan for Alislam and the Muslim Times: