Human Rights Committee voiced to lift ban from YouTube in Pakistan

YouTube in Pakistan

WEB DESK – The Human Rights Committee of the parliament’s upper house has unanimously approved a resolution to lift ban from YouTube as there was no ‘benefit’ of the ‘so-called’ ban.

The Senates committee stated on Monday that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)’s chairman was also informed earlier that this bogus ban has no advantage as unwanted videos are readily available on other websites as well.

The Senate’s committee vowed to raise the issue of YouTube ban in the upper house this day.

Earlier in April, the lawmakers of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) opposed the resolution of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in which Shazia Marri asked officials to lift the ban from YouTube.

According to the preliminary information distributed by National Assembly’s secretariat, Shazia Marri of PPP submitted the anti-YouTube ban resolution before lawmakers on Monday.

She maintained in the resolution that YouTube is available on internet in Pakistan through proxy sites so there is no point in keeping it banned.

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.”

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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