Pakistan lifts Facebook ban after apology

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Pakistan has lifted a ban on Facebook after the social networking site apologised for a page deemed offensive to Muslims and removed its contents.

Two weeks ago Facebook was blocked after a member used it to encourage people to post images of the Prophet Mohamed.

"In response to our protest, Facebook has tendered their apology and informed us that all the sacrilegious material has been removed," said Najibullah Malik, from the information technology ministry. But at least 1,000 "sacrilegious" web pages that were also blocked will remain inaccessible.