PPP expressed concern over govt inability to restore YouTube in Pakistan

YouTube in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The members of the largest opposition party, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), expressed concerns for lack of interest by the government as treasury benches did not tabled a filed resolution to lift ban from YouTube in Pakistan.

Leader of the opposition Syed Khurshid Shah, Senator Farhatullah Babar and national assembly’s lawmaker Shazia Marri was speaking to the press when they unanimously urged the government to lift ban from the largest video sharing portal.

Shazia Marri said “I was informed that the resolution will be brought to the floor on, Tuesday, 8th of April. However, the lack of interest by government members was evident. It is really disappointing that the government is ignoring this issue and finding escape from their responsibility from a very important issue. YouTube is a source of knowledge for a large population of Pakistanis, particularly students and young professionals.”

Adding to this opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah stated that the government must not shy away from its responsibilities.

The federal information minister Pervez Rahseed announced earlier in March that long standing ban on YouTube will soon be lifted in Pakistan as IT officials have developed a software to scan the controversial data on world’s largest video sharing portal.

However, later country’s top IT officials and telecommunication authority ‘PTA’ gave in for doing the job citing difficulties impossible to overcome by any filtering software.

Despite a large population of the country who believe in banning all blasphemous websites, a pressure group does exist who believe in freedom to access information.

Earlier, on March 21, one standing committee in Senate recommended to lift ban from YouTube. Same day, a petition was filed with Sindh High Court seeking to lift the ban from famous video sharing website.

YouTube has been blocked since September 2012. Currently there are 5 petitions challenging the government’s decision in three High Courts.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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