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After govt ban, Facebook unpublishes Pakistan’s underground gay group

Queer Pakistan reinvents itself, new website sees traffic shoot up by 2,000 percent. A ban by the government and abeyance of its Facebook page has seen Pakistan’s underground LGBT website emerge stronger, reporting a 2,000 per cent increase in traffic in just 48 hours.

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6th October 2013 06:56

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

Queer Pakistan, which operates from Pakistan, where homosexuality is punishable with death or imprisonment, was shut down by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Tuesday, just two months after it had started offering support and counseling to the Islamic nation’s persecuted LGBT community.

However, the resourceful group came up with a new URL, www humjins.com, soon after the ban, thanks to which there is now an immense surge in viewership.
While the new website is yet to add new contents, the group’s Facebook page remains dynamic, receiving both support and curses with equanimity. There was some trouble with the social network site as well.

The founders said the Facebook page was briefly unpublished by Facebook after receiving complaints.

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