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Roshni (https://www.facebook.com/roshnipkdotcom) is Pakistan's most popular progressive Urdu portal with no affiliation to any political party or religious organisation. It is an effort of concerned citizens of Pakistan aimed at promoting alternative opinions, tolerance, diversity, harmony and is a leading voice against extremism and oppression of minorities.

Within a period of one year, Roshni's online membership or fan base has crossed 32,000. The page reaches more than 400,000 people every week - transmitting a progressive, liberal message to far reaches of Pakistan on issues related to society, politics, religion, history, culture, current affairs, news and more.

Everyone is entitled to the fundamental human right to freedom of thought, conscience and speech. Pakistan has a long history of suppressing dissenting voices whether they be political, religious or any issues. There has never been a better time in a country facing bloodbath due to extremism, to promote alternative opinions and progressive liberal ideas. That is precisely what Roshni has been doing, that too in the language which masses understand - the simple use of Urdu language.

Article 19 of UNDHR states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Blocking of Roshni Facebook page without a notice by PTA is a breach of article 18 and 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We encourage and request the readers to please sign the petition and spread this, sharing through Facebook, Twitter and Email. Also, please email at complaint@pta.gov.pk  with your concerns and complaints.

Roshni FB Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/roshnipkdotcom

Letter to
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
SUBJECT: Unlock RoshniPk Facebook Page

I have just noticed that the Roshni FB page hosted at https://www.facebook.com/roshnipkdotcom is not accessible now. I have been following the page for sometime and this is a great effort for a country like Pakistan. Roshni is Pakistan's most populat progressive Urdu portal with no affiliation to any political party or religious organisation. It is an effort of concerned citizens of Pakistan aimed at promoting alternative opinions, tolerance, diversity, harmony and is a leading voice against extremism and oppression of minorities.

Everyone is entitled to the fundamental human right to freedom of thought, conscience and speech. Pakistan has a long history of suppressing dissenting voices whether they be political, religious or any issues. There has never been a better time in a country facing bloodbath due to extremism, to promote alternative opinions and progressive liberal ideas. That is precisely what Roshni has been doing, that too in the language which masses understand - the simple use of Urdu language.

Article 19 of UNDHR states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Blocking of Roshni Facebook page without a notice by PTA is a breach of article 18 and 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

I request PTA to unblock the page on urgent basis.