Federal Govt. allowed to access to YouTube
Chitral Times Report
ISLAMABAD: On the recommendation of PTA,
Government of Pakistan has allowed access to recently launched
country version of YouTube for Internet users in Pakistan. YouTube
was previously blocked on the recommendation of the regulator i.e.
PTA in order to fully comply with the order of the Honorable
Supreme Court concerning blocking of the blasphemous movie
“Innocence of Muslims” on YouTube and other websites in September
2012 as at that time it was not technically possible to block the
offending material on YouTube without blocking the YouTube on IP
Recently, Google has launched a country (localized version) of
YouTube (YouTube.pk) and confirmed that YouTube.pk does not contain
any known copies of the blasphemous movie “Innocence of Muslims”.
Moreover, in case any copy of the offending material appears on
YouTube website in future, Google has provided an online web
process through which requests for blocking access of the offending
material can be made by PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube
will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for
users within Pakistan.
Earlier, on jan.16,2016, PTA had brought the above developments to
the notice of the Honorable Supreme Court vide a report filed in
continuation of its earlier compliance report filed with supreme
court on 17.9.2012. Subsequently, PTA while withdrawing its earlier
recommendations sent to Ministry of IT on 17.9.2012, also requested
the Ministry of IT to review earlier directions. Ministry of IT in
view of PTA’s withdrawal of its earlier request of blocking YouTube
at IP level and considering the recent developments elaborated by
PTA has accordingly allowed access to the country version of
YouTube and has also directed PTA to ensure continuous compliance
with the Supreme Court under the revised mechanism.