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Court refuses to block WikiLeaks in Pakistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Citizen said WikiLeaks is defaming Pakistan's leaders
  • Judge said one must bear the truth

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A court in Pakistan rejected a citizen's petition seeking a ban on the WikiLeaks website, a Pakistani government official told CNN.

The petition was submitted by a citizen named Arif Gondal who described the recent diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks as an attempt to damage Pakistan's image and defame its leaders, said Muhammad Salim, a government lawyer in Punjab Province.

The court rebuffed the petition on the grounds that the petitioner has not been harmed by the Wikileaks website, Salim said.

"Information should not be hidden, especially in the 21st century," the Judge said in court, according to Salim. "One should bear the truth no matter how harmful it is."

Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.