Facebook restores JI’s official page


The official page of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan (JI) was  restored by Facebook after being removed earlier reportedly for covering and highlighting Indian atrocities in Indian held Kashmir.

Earlier, the page was removed by Facebook, said a party statement issued on Wednesday evening.

“After removing or blocking all those who have a display picture of Burhan Wani, now [the] official page of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan has been removed by Facebook due to coverage of atrocities in Indian-held Kashmir,”  the party statement said.

The statement claimed that the page had more than three million ‘likes’ and it was the second most viewed page [with respect to ‘likes’] of any local political party.

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“Indo-Pak war is not going only at diplomatic level… Now this is cyber war,” the statement added.

“Facebook management informed us by sending a screenshot of the page’s display picture, saying ‘it violates community standards,’” head of JI’s social media Shamsuddin Amjad told media. “The picture was designed for the rally scheduled for September 30 in Faisalabad.”

Meanwhile, party’s Secretary Information Pakistan Amirul Azeem in a statement said deleting posts, and blocking JI’s Facebook page was against the freedom of expression. He demanded the ban be reversed, else legal action could be initiated.

Wani, a 22-year-old commander of the region’s largest rebel group, Hizbul Mujahideen was killed in a brief gunfight with Indian forces on July 8. Since then, at least 100 demonstrators have been killed due to the occupied military’s indiscriminate use of force against Kashmiri masses.