Twitter refuses Pakistan’s request to block extremist Khadim Rizvi’s account

Twitter refuses Pakistan’s request to block extremist Khadim Rizvi’s account
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Srinagar: Pakistan minister Shireen Mazari has said that the micro-blogging site twitter has rejected the country’s request to block the twitter handle of Tehreek-e-Labbaik chief Khadim Rizvi.

Mazari was responding to a tweet of author Ayesha Siddiqa who questioned her whether her ministry had gotten in touch with Facebook and Twitter to block the social media accounts associated with Tehreek-i-Labbaik chief Khadim Hussain Rizvi, who had largely spearheaded the protests against the SC verdict.

Mazari responded that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had been “asked to do this by the relevant minister on Friday, and I am shocked it hasn’t happened”.

She added: “Just checked with the information minister, who was informed that Twitter refusing our request.”

Rizvi spewed venom against Pakistani state, the army chief and the prime minister after the supreme court of the country acquitted Asia Bibi of blasphemy charges.

Rizvi led violent protests which began on Oct 30, the day the SC judgement on Asia Bibi’s appeal was announced, continued across the country for three days.

The protests finally cleared up on Saturday after an agreement was struck, in which the government conceded to “initiate the legal process” to place Asia Bibi’s name on the Exit Control List, refrain from opposing a review petition against the SC judgement in the case, and agreed to redress any deaths that may have occurred during the protests and release those taken into custody in connection with the sit-in.