Pakistan blocks Al-Jazeera website
Islamabad: Pakistan blocked the website of Al-Jazeera after it
leaked a controversial report about al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's
decade-long stay in the country before he was killed by US special forces
at his Abbottabad hideout.
The Qatar-based broadcaster uploaded yesterday a report by Pakistani
investigators detailing official failure to check bin Laden's free
movement and unhindered stay at several places before killed in secret US
raid in garrison town of Abbotabad in 2010.
Official sources said that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the
country's telecom watchdog, asked the private Internet service providers
to block the website for the time being.
The orders were not fully implemented as at several places the website was
running uninterrupted including at the office of Al-Jazeera in Islamabad.
At some places in the capital Islamabad and other cities people faced
problems accessing the website.
Ahmad Ali, an Internet cafe owner in Rawalpindi near Islamabad, said that
his customers complained that they could not access the website.
A PTA official, however, rejected reports that they had asked for
"We did not ask anyone to block the service to any website," said PTA
spokesperson Kurrum Mehran.
The report by the Abbottabad Commission has taken a shot at the official
failure of national security agencies to trace the most wanted man roaming
in busy streets without any security guards.
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