PML-N opposes resolution seeking to lift ban from YouTube

YouTube in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – 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.

However, the members of PML-N opposed the resolution. Upon this, the speaker of National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq delayed the matter.

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.

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