No silver lining for YouTube in Pak as PTA gives up

YouTube in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The chances of lifting a longstanding ban from YoutTube once again reduced to its minimum as Pakistan’s top telecommunication experts informed National Assembly in a written response that there was no possible way they could block all objectionable content on the internet.

In a written reply to a lawmaker’s query, the National Assembly was informed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had carried out a search for objectionable material on the internet and blocked 31,819 such websites. But, the authority said, it was impossible to filter out all sites offering offensive material.

Begum Tahira Bukhari of the PML-N had submitted the query, seeking an answer from the PTA if any proposal was being considered to unblock YouTube. The video sharing website was banned in September 2012.

The minister in charge of the cabinet division recalled that after the blasphemous movie ‘Innocence of Muslims’ was uploaded in September 2012, the then government had to block the site because Google, the owner of YouTube, refused to remove the film.

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.

However, it was also reported that Pakistan’s top IT expert and those working for ministry of IT gave up to set any such software which could efficiently block all unwanted material.

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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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