Google, the parent company of YouTube, had rejected requests from the previous Pakistan People's Party-led government to remove the objectionable material. - File photo
Google, the parent company of YouTube, had rejected requests from the previous Pakistan People's Party-led government to remove the objectionable material. - File photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's new IT minister has warned that Google could be blocked in the country if the company fails to remove blasphemous and objectionable material from its video-sharing website YouTube, the Press Trust of India reported.

Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication Anusha Rahman Khan made the remarks on her first day in office yesterday while talking about Pakistan's efforts to end a nine-month ban on YouTube for hosting clips from the controversial film "Innocence of Muslims".

Google, the parent company of YouTube, had rejected requests from the previous Pakistan People's Party-led government to remove the objectionable material and Khan said she hoped the company would listen to the new PML-N government.

"It all depends on our negotiation clout. If they persist with their stance, we can block Google in Pakistan as a last resort as there are many alternative search engines available on the web," Khan was quoted as saying by The News daily.

"Innocence Of Muslims" triggered violent protests by right wing groups across Pakistan and the PPP-led government itself sanctioned a day of protests in September last year. Twenty-three people were killed and property worth billions of rupees was destroyed during these protests.

The PML-N government has listed as one of its priorities the restoration of YouTube with filters to screen blasphemous and pornographic content.

Pakistan banned YouTube on September 17 last year.

The ban was lifted for a few hours in December before being reinstated following protests from right wing groups.

Soon after the ban, the IT Ministry issued a key policy directive to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block all blasphemous and pornographic materials on the internet by installing a filtration system.

Information Technology Secretary Zafar Iqbal blames PTA for failing to devise a filtration system but the new Minister of State for IT said she did not buy the argument and believes the ministry could have done better during the past nine months.

"PTA is just an enforcement body. Our ministry is responsible for policy decisions, so it's our job to ensure reopening of YouTube as soon as possible with thorough screening of objectionable material. I will immediately start work on it after a presentation by ministry officials on Monday," Khan said.

The government will go all out to ensure that a proper filtration system is in place to reopen YouTube.

"We will pump in extra money if needed and do whatever is in our capacity to bring YouTube back to Pakistan without compromising our ethical values," she said.

She said she will request Google to remove objectionable material from YouTube or at least ensure that access to it is blocked in Pakistan.

Khan made it clear that the ban on YouTube will not be removed without ensuring the "blockade of objectionable material".

She said, "We cannot face the embarrassment of opening the website and closing it again after protests. We have to ensure that proper filtration system is in place before we open the website."

IT experts say Pakistan has had little success in blocking blasphemous and other objectionable material on YouTube as the country does not have an agreement on content with Google. – Press Trust of India


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raji
Jun 09, 2013 04:29pm

"We can block Google in Pakistan as a last resort as there are many alternative search engines"

Those search engines will find and show the same youtube videos without any filters without blocking

IT minister shld have some info on search engines not just their names. Search engines don't just find stuffs on own sites. They extract videos and not just text files..

Usman
Jun 09, 2013 05:52pm

I say go for it. If anything, the ban will help us get rid of our dependance on Google. Google's getting too big and too dangerous for normal folks.The latest Greenwald revelations are no surprise.

yed Ahmed
Jun 09, 2013 06:06pm

' "Khudi ko kar buland itna ke har taqder se pehle, Khuda bande se khud pooche bata teri raza kya hai".

Zulfiqar Khan
Jun 09, 2013 07:00pm

"IT experts say Pakistan has had little success in blocking blasphemous and other objectionable material on YouTube as the country does not have an agreement on content with Google."

Why don't we negotiate with Google and enter into an agreement on content? Seems so simple to me.

Ahmer
Jun 09, 2013 07:03pm

PML(N) will take Pakistan to dark ages

saeed
Jun 09, 2013 07:16pm

People of Pakistan if you want to live life this way , it is your choice . Other suggestion boycott western countries which allow blasphemy .ask your all relative leave those country. Boycott any thing manufacture there. Otherwise accept this 21century not dark ages.

Yomama
Jun 09, 2013 07:18pm

I say to hell with our so called ethical values. Freedom from the tyranny of Governments telling us what we can and what we cannot do!! The Entire internet is a blasphemous cesspit. Shutdown the entire internet if religious Pakistanis have the guts to put their religion where their mouth is.

Arif Ur Rahman
Jun 09, 2013 07:22pm

Fund local own universities to develop a local search engine... as china has..there will be an alternative to google and we will not rely solely on google...

Yousuf Ali
Jun 09, 2013 08:04pm

I have the Innocene of the Muslims, there is nothing there. It's a really boring, short film. Instead of bringing it up again and again, why can't they just open up youtube.

Blocking youtube is doing more harm than good. There are a lot of educational videos, which I use to regularly watch, and now I can't, because all the proxies and VPNs are too slow.

Our government is acting like 5 year old children.

Farhan Raja
Jun 09, 2013 08:28pm

Does our esteemed IT minister even know what Google represents these days? I am pretty sure that she has no idea or clue that Gmail is part of Google. Or that Google has applications such as Maps, Google Earth, Books, Blogger and online file storage Drive. Does she realize that blocking Google will also mean blocking Android handsets as they are running on OS made by Google. In other words Google simply isn't just a search engine or YouTube, What we need to do is show some maturity. By giving importance to such miscreants' work you are providing people with curiosity to go search for it. Simply ignore such acts.

Asif
Jun 09, 2013 08:31pm

because banning google or youtube will magically elevate the image of muslims in the eyes of the world, they will hate and ridicule muslims even more. can you blame them? just what you would expect from a nawaz sharif government, same old ignorance.

Asim
Jun 09, 2013 08:36pm

I live in Saudi Arabia and youtube is working here. However, any such material is not. Pakistan should do the same instead of going the other extreme.

In youtube, there is an option of "Safety Mode" which is set to "ON" by the government. You try to turn off safety, it will not allow you to do that. Any such videos cannot be played with safety on and that is how it is controlled here.

Doesn't sound complex for our hi-tech guys in the government ...

John
Jun 09, 2013 08:38pm

Why does Pakistan have a Zamindar attitude towards internet? You can ban the internet and Google but will other search engines not find/locate/search objectionable material? How many sites will you filter - additionally, filters can be evaded.

Md Imran
Jun 09, 2013 08:42pm

Google, Microsoft, IBM etc wont survive a day without Pakistani software engineers. Our government should warn Google that we'll call back our engineers and then lets see why they wont comply.

paxtani
Jun 09, 2013 08:47pm

@raji: but if google is blocked, add revenue coming from Pakistan will be blocked as well.

Tahir
Jun 09, 2013 08:55pm

I'm sure this is devastating news for Google. No doubt the IT minister has alternative search engines in mind that will kow tow to the Pakistan government and only display content that's acceptable to the IIC (Islamic Ideology Committee to the uninitiated).

Why can't you view what you want to view and not view what you consider objectionable?

BRR
Jun 09, 2013 08:54pm

The IT minister seems to have little clue, and she starts her innings with a bad decision - is this the most important issue / problem with the IT industry in pakistan?

Tanveer
Jun 09, 2013 09:02pm

I guess Internet and Western Technology is more developed than Pakistani Ministers. Come on the users can have access to all the banned website through different means like proxy websites.

By banning these websites you are giving both the websites a profit. One the users open the proxy websites and softwares and then open the banned websites.

You guys are taking sick measures.

Rafay Bin Ali
Jun 09, 2013 09:51pm

Why do you even need to negotiate with Google? Can't the IT experts not implement software and hardware level blocks that are already found in organizations? You don't really need to enter into agreement with Google. Use software proxy filters to block the traffic just as done with various other sites on the Internet.

Rafay Bin Ali
Jun 09, 2013 09:52pm

If you want to remove access to objectionable content, then just go ahead and ban the entire internet.

Mohammad Ovais
Jun 09, 2013 10:02pm

Our new I.T minister has given the right statement & if gets implemented as it has been said than things would really good in future relating to the concern whereas Google should think wisely before dictating its final decision.

Daniel
Jun 09, 2013 10:13pm

Does Pakistan have plans to ditch its fourteenth century theocratic mentally any time soon?

john
Jun 09, 2013 10:38pm

@Ahmer: You got yourself the Ameer ul Momineen, why complain now

Tauseef
Jun 09, 2013 11:03pm

This decision will back to Pakistan in Stone Age era....

Litracy rate is already very low in Pakistan and when we blocked youtube we retunrned back to 100 years and if we block Google then we will be in Stone Age era...

We blocked Youtube because there are clips against us but if we blocked youtube it doesn't mean that these clips are not available for the whole World, the people from various countries are accessing and seeing these clips on daily basis and viewership of these clips is increasing day by day and the people in the whole World are making their mind against Muslim umah and PBUH after watching these clips. To stop this we have to create our own movie in repond to the movie against us and upload on the youtube with the name of INNOCENCE OF MUSLIM - RESPONSE so whenever people try to search this movie on youtueb the response clip would also be shown with the movie so the people could see the Response of that movie and possibly the negative image of us and PBUH could reduced.

Believe me, banning the youtube is against our own nation as there are billions of lectures on different contents available on youtube and I was taking those lectures fluently. In addition to that there are lots documentaries, which gives lots of infomation, instead of encuraging our people to use youtube to take these types of lecture we had blocked it, this decision is not against Google company it is against Pakistan.

Youtube and Google are search engines and and if you write ADULT in search section then adult content will be shown and if you write LECTURES in search box then lectures related material will be shown it totally depends on us how we use these services. Everything in this World have negative or positive usage and it depends on us how we use it, for example we can use TV to see Islamic channels and we can also use TV to watch porno movies. Similarly we can use knife to kill people and we can use knife to cut vegetables. Therefore, Google and Youtube are services and it totally depends on us how we use these services.

Tauseef...

Rafia Mirza
Jun 09, 2013 11:18pm

@Usman: who are the 'normal' folks here? those who want to live in denial & the dark ages or the ones who ignore the petty propaganda against Islam,not worth their time?

Nasrullah Khan
Jun 09, 2013 11:25pm

Appreciate efforts of new minister in this regards, insulting others is not freedom, if they want to operate in others countries they must respect the other countries, its not only religious issue, Google or you tube can not share what they like by saying its their freedom, many people here are taking the minister remarks negatively and suggesting to Pakistan, better if they focus on their own countries, rather than coming over Pakistani news websites and giving remarks. sorry for my poor english

Qasim Khalil
Jun 10, 2013 12:42am

please refuse all the aid from US and also ban all US products where this blasphemous material was produced. Be consistent in your policies.

Qasim Khalil
Jun 10, 2013 12:41am

please refuse all the aid from US and also ban all US products where this blasphemous material was produced. Be consistent in your policies.

observer
Jun 10, 2013 12:57am

pakistanis are so out of touch with reality. Telling google to remove what offends pakistanis is like telling another person do what I tell you or else i will cut my nose....

for people who follow a religion that openly ridicules belief of christians that Jesus was son of God , it is quite amazing that they cant even handle a poorly produced youtube clip.

Asif
Jun 10, 2013 01:11am

@saeed: which would mean boycott everything ever made by those westerners, including electricity, planes, cars, microwave ovens, tvs, computers.lets face it, muslims never invented anything.

baji
Jun 10, 2013 01:39am

@raji: its not about that video in google's search results - its about google being the parent company of youtube that hosts that video.

Hashim Bukhari
Jun 10, 2013 01:47am

Banning Google in Pakistan would destroy its future. Business and education would be taken years backwards and no, there is no other alternative for Google! An IT minister should know that! They took away our alcohol and we said nothing, now they have taken away our freedom of speech, expression and thought! If they want to ban Google, they might as well make Hakimullah the new President.

goodDeedsLeadTo
Jun 10, 2013 02:09am

Put some kind of filter in the firewall, to block the hate stuff.

Sun
Jun 10, 2013 02:10am

sheer non sense by IT minister: Madam yo should support IT not disrupt it

goodDeedsLeadTo
Jun 10, 2013 02:33am

There is nothing high tech about surfing on internet. Surfing internet is the dummiest thing any Tom & Harry can do.
So, if they put a filter at higher level (fire wall level, DMZ), it would not leave Pakistanis or Pakistan in technology. What is high tech is, developing business & scientific applications, putting the work flow on the website, integrating it with other platforms, interfacing physical & logical environment, Developing, releasing & Deploying IT Services, infrastructure & architecture. This includes lot of things, including computer programming, architecture solution. so, stop the flow of junk through the IT pipeline, into Pakistan, it is not a big deal. In fact

Rashid Imran Bilgrami
Jun 10, 2013 02:47am

It's the most silly decision after blocking the youtube, there is a content filtering if the goverment apply this automatically the stuff will be stop...

There are thousands of IT industries running in Pakistan and every developer need to go to google for searching the solution.

I don't know why we select such stupid people on key positions. They don't have any knowledge and they just have a solution to stop the whole thing Rahman malik stop mobile service and youtube this government stop google next government surely stop the complete internet because the are the bunch of stupid in the current government who want to prove them self for fucking lot of people who are still working as a freelancer in their homes...

Mawra Kamran
Jun 10, 2013 03:08am

I'm having serious doubts about her educational background. Person having little knowledge about IT wouldn't give statements like these. Female version of Rehman Malik. When you can't fix it, ban it.

Abdul
Jun 10, 2013 03:33am

Internet is filled with haraam materials which pollute the minds of a true Muslim. Internet has no place in Islamic culture and should be banned.

Goga Nalaik
Jun 10, 2013 04:59am

@saeed: Khair howay teri ...

fahim khan
Jun 10, 2013 06:34am

Is this decision in the domain of IT ministry? I thought they will develop the Information Technology.

Anon
Jun 10, 2013 06:54am

@raji: Well said.

amna
Jun 10, 2013 07:45am

Banning something only highlights something more and takes away the good with the bad. You ban something and you end up labeling it as solely bad "ooh that horrible monster we must protect you from it people of Pakistan-only we the government knows best". I'm sorry I probably got the definition of democracy wrong - govt by the people, for the people, of the people right?-power to the people? right? so how come we have to be guided like sheep guided by shephards-that is not my idea of democracy. Lift the ban and let people make the choice as to what they view, opine, say etc. Extremism is not a religion-and this to me is extremist-ooh they badmouth our religion lets ban them-itna hee dukh hai apnay logon ka aur itnay hee "Momin" hain tu why aren't we protesting on the drones and banning those immediately like youtube? Doesn't the protection of innocent lives take precedence over "censor worthy content"? Priorities hee ghalat hain tu dosron ko kia keh rahey hain. First fix internal problems instead of making mountains out of molehills over issues that should be protested verbally at best and worst.

Salim Akbani
Jun 10, 2013 07:45am

It is not the government's business to decide what people should or should not watch. People offended by objectionable material have a choice - Don't watch it. Don't impose your will on others. This is the 21-Century. You cannot stop the flow in this digital age. Some of you people behave like you are still living in the 19th Century.

illawarrior
Jun 10, 2013 07:56am

There are 2 main issues here. Firstly, who gets to decide what is "objectionable". What one person objects to, another welcomes. Secondly is the logistical problem. The internet consists of billions of computers worldwide, it is physically impossible to monitor them all.

GhostRider
Jun 10, 2013 09:14am

These illiterate people have given so much publicity to that third rate movie "innocence of Muslims" that it has become a success. Just imagine how much advertising revenue it would ve generated because our stupid people did the massive publicity for free. I guess what I am saying is irrelevant in this country where hooliganism reigns over pragmatism everytime.

Pakistani
Jun 10, 2013 09:16am

Literally every single page of youtube is accompanied by severely objectionable material on the side. This is not by accident either. They know what sells and there are plenty in that business who make sure that their obscenity-showing ads are at the top of the list, weather they are relevant to the current topic being viewed or not. Same is the case with Yahoo.

I don't see any other way for Muslim countries but to start banning these services. Gone are the times when you would have to go out of your way to avoid obscenity. Now it is being actively thrust into your faces. Since youtube is hardly an educational channel, there is little to nothing lost by continuing to block it.

ashraf a jamal
Jun 10, 2013 09:20am

Government of Pakistan must block Google. Google is steal sensitive information, report to CIA and FBI and use against countries. China has also blocked Google for the reason stated. That goes also for RIMM Canadian company.

Ahmed Adnan Prince Aadi
Jun 10, 2013 09:58am

What happened to this country why are our Politician always try to Insult Pakistan in front of the world. Who the hell suggested Anusha Rahman Khan that ...... We the people of Information Technology must criticized on our Government to clear this matter without closing the Google we have already lost a lot from YouTube please no the Google.

Omair
Jun 10, 2013 09:59am

Why dawn quoting a Pakistani minister news item from Press Trust of India? Are there original sources dead or what? Also there is contradiction in the ministers statement. At one side she is threatening google and at the other end talking about unblocking Youtube. Sounds like a confused mind.

Omair
Jun 10, 2013 10:03am

@Arif Ur Rahman: that's called reinventing the wheel. People go ahead and you are talking about repeating the research that has already done by google.

alpha
Jun 10, 2013 10:37am

the most important thing to know here is if our new IT minister has any qualifications in the field, if she even knows the ABC of IT.

Ayda
Jun 10, 2013 10:45am

Banning of Youtube is not an issue for Pakistanis as many are using proxy websiites for accessing it.

Ahmad Akram
Jun 10, 2013 11:11am

Block Google

Azir
Jun 10, 2013 11:17am

@Ahmer: Pakistan is already in the dark ages thanks to the Non-electricity issue

Yatan
Jun 10, 2013 11:22am

@Arif Ur Rahman: So you want to have a Islamic Search Engine, where the search results come according to your wish, grow up man.

malole
Jun 10, 2013 11:25am

So long for freedom of speech.

Anas Saleem
Jun 10, 2013 11:35am

Its funny how our IT Ministers have no idea what IT really is, blocking google is not an option because google power almost every search query that is generated in pakistan. Even if they can somehow provide an alternative to google for search which even yahoo or bing wouldnt be able to do correctly, how would they deal with the problem that would arise for android users who depend solely on google and its products. Banning a website just because it hosts a blasphemous content is not a solution, educating the society is they need to promote tolerance amongst those who think vandalism is a solution and punishing them for their stupidity creating an example for others.

aisha
Jun 10, 2013 11:50am

wow. that means no access to gmail accounts, no orkut, no google plus. well done pakistan. congratulations on being fooled by ur government who only wants to ban internet slowly and steadily. one day they will block facebook and twitter too, so that u cant protest on social media like you do.

AHMED
Jun 10, 2013 12:16pm

Ms. Anusha Rehman your so called policy and dark ages mindset is also very objectionable to the masses who use Google on a daily basis i.e the youth of pakistan so please do Pakistan a favour and remove yourself from this post as we need an IT Minister who actually understands the mordern age,

Mehar
Jun 10, 2013 12:24pm

Respected IT Minister , Think out of the Box. Ask PTA to implement the filter, blocking Google OR YouTube is affecting adversely the student community. What a solution you guys bring to the table absolutely insane. If PTA does not have the skills take services of some local IT company, but please refrain from the immature decisions. Its not a rocket science to apply filters to such sites or content. Its only the matter of government will in greater good of Pakistani students and educationists.

Shoaib
Jun 10, 2013 12:42pm

@Md Imran: Really? What are your numbers? Our neighbor next door contributes 35% of engineers at the big 4 tech companies. They can surely send in a few more if we don't!

asad
Jun 10, 2013 01:01pm

And Google went like .. who are you exactly? do we even know you?

For a company which quit China, one of the largest markets for its products, Pakistan is literally less than a needle in a haystack .. It does not even have an office here! The Chinese did the same, they forced Google to censor in the name of protecting Chinese culture but the main aim was to hide the corrupt malpractises of the government officials .. the same goes for Pakistan where our administration faces one scandal after another courtesy the power of the media ..

Faisal
Jun 10, 2013 01:24pm

Pornography and Blasphemous material must be blocked under all circumstances.

muzammil ullah khan
Jun 10, 2013 01:24pm

After "you tube" we now may face closure of google ! Is that the kind of Islamisation we want . A new minister may ban the internet altogether calling it a carrier of blasphemous material !! We already have a pronouncement of our Islamic Idealist Council that DNA was an unreliable tool to ascertain rape !! Which way are we headed ?!

From Melbourne
Jun 10, 2013 01:38pm

@Md Imran: ha ha ha ha..sorry mate, just coudnt stop myself

Dhanus Menon
Jun 10, 2013 01:54pm

@Qasim Khalil: Ask your govt. to ban all vaccinations and other medicines invented by the American, Israelis and all others Pakistanis consider evil. Let us see if you guys are real hypocrites.

Ali Imran
Jun 10, 2013 02:03pm

@fahim khan: I agree apparently the IT ministry has nothing better to do, perhaps the PML-N would consider actual development of the IT infrastructure of the country rather than showboating over worthless issues. This is like the government saying they will stop drone attacks, statements that are good for political wherewithal but do nothing to solve the actual problem.

paki
Jun 10, 2013 02:19pm

good, go ahead and pump all the money which is left (which btw was drawn through IMF cheques) for this useless cause...

Sharq
Jun 10, 2013 03:00pm

This is less about Google (or Youtube) and more about restricting freedom of speech; preventing people from posting / viewing / reading information that is "blasphemous" to the character and dealings of those in power.

paki
Jun 10, 2013 03:27pm

@Abdul: lol. so what are you doing here on the internet? go play with your camel...

Abdullah
Jun 10, 2013 03:27pm

Two words: Proxy software.

Do your worst.

paki
Jun 10, 2013 03:37pm

@Nasrullah Khan:

get isolated then... people all day say things which hurt you in one mannar or another and I am sure you would behave the same way so as to make yourself think that perhaps you have won but in the global context you are wrong buddy...

paki
Jun 10, 2013 03:40pm

@Md Imran: lol. oh yeah, you know the world won't be able to breath if they offend the "true practitioners of Allahs Deen"... what are you smoking man... tell me one Pakistani working in a key position at google, apple, ibm, microsoft, facebook, twitter? one man? there are Indians but no Pakistani. and secondly what makes you think that any Pakistani that worth would love to come and live his life in a hole full of mentally ill people?

Zafar
Jun 10, 2013 03:46pm

@Pakistani: the easy was to block the adverts that you are talking about is getting a adblock extension in your browser.

Youtube is full of educational material, it is also full of islamic material. Blocking a whole site is not a solution to the problem, its the easy way out. Educating the masses about islamic values and making them closer to Quran is the solution.

Rahul
Jun 10, 2013 04:14pm

@Md Imran: I upvoted your comment for the hilarity of it. Lol.

Masood Akbar
Jun 10, 2013 05:36pm

Honorable Anusha Rahman Khan Minister of State for IT and Telecommunication, Govt. of Pakistan,

As you are aware, YouTube is a popular website available free-of-charge to the information-seekers. People can upload and share video clips online at zero cost. Some of the advantages of YouTube include fast and easy video sharing, privacy features, quick access to various videos, safe browsing, easy rating and feedback system.

There have been protests on Twitter and Facebook time and again to lift ban on YouTube by everyone from students to corporate community in the past. As a matter of fact, the Pakistani student community and corporate industry have jointly suffered a lot.
Any blasphemous and other objectionable material on YouTube should be blocked forthwith.

You are kindly requested to look into the matter and lift the ban on YouTube on priority basis.

Your help in this regard will be mentioned in golden words in times to come.

Aamir
Jun 10, 2013 09:27pm

Block Google and YouTube but ALL other porn on the internet is welcomed! VERY SMART Minister

Taha Salman
Jun 10, 2013 10:44pm

It is quite interesting that rather then opening new avenues of information sharing and progressing forward, our ministers are hell bent on destroying what little they have provided to Pakistan. if Google has promoted 'objectionable' content, who are we to object it! Why has Pakistan become the voice of Islam, if it wants to follow that path then its leaders need to follow the same and provide to the people what any true Islamic governments are meant to do. Lets first clean house and then play holier than thou! Utter disappointment.

Nasir
Jun 10, 2013 11:02pm

The simplest way to solve the youtube problem is to open youtube but to stop all companies in Pakistan from placing ads on youtube and google. We'll see how long google would run in pakistan without profit. It will remove those videos, if this is done.

Baras
Jun 10, 2013 11:15pm

Wouldn't it be better for the Pakistani people to learn to tolerate opposing views and criticism? Shutting our eyes to the world is not the answer and makes us appear little more than whiny children.

Sarmad
Jun 10, 2013 11:25pm

That is totally absurd decision by minister of state !! I am totally against it and i am sure that many sane pakistanis like me will agree with me .

Hammad
Jun 10, 2013 11:34pm

@Abdul: sir i would suggest that you refrain yourself from viewing that "Haram" Material rather than suggesting to shut the whole thing down,

Mohammad Hamza
Jun 10, 2013 11:48pm

Though,a long banned on Youtube has done in Pakistan,but I can expect more with the new IT minister and the new Government to act on this issue seriously as many commercial content and many economical purpose are behind the Youtube.

Youtube is one of the best way to share the stuff like helpful tutorials under a roof of millions and billions of users.Many of the web-masters are getting effected by this issue.

Abdul Ghaffar
Jun 10, 2013 11:50pm

Any web site is like a knife. It is sharp and hurts and also a very useful tool in our daily life. This is information world now and no one can block the flow of information just like no one can stop flowing water. And if some does this, it smells bad after some time. We will have to pace with the world. Yes, we need to educate more and more our young generation so that they can differentiate between good and bad. Please do not block any of the informative site. Next will wikipedia and then so on...

Hammad
Jun 10, 2013 11:56pm

ban google and you will be banning Google Maps. Gmail, Many features of the android phones that use google services. and as for those who think internet is all pornography learn to use technology to your advantage and refrain from searching for pornographic content on the internet and teach your kids not to do so

Noor Muhammad
Jun 11, 2013 09:42am

Block Google and YouTube but ALL other porn on the internet is welcomed! VERY SMART Minister

Anon
Jun 11, 2013 01:22pm

I'm not really surprised to see that people who are in favor of this ridiculous decision are just as dumb and clueless as our new IT minister. This just shows that our people will never learn and will continue making fools out of themselves. Judging by their past actions concerning blasphemous contents, Google doesn't give a damn about this so called warning. Instead of making absurd decisions, efforts ought to be directed towards other IT related issues including establishment of robust filtration system which, for that matter, should have been developed and placed by now as these blasphemous activities have been going on for the past many years. It's reassuring to know that people holding such retarded and obsolete views are in minority here.

raja hindustani
Jun 11, 2013 05:01pm

How can minister warn Google...??? The heading should rather be minister requested/protested to google. Do the h'ble minister really thinks he can warn google...!!!! ;)

popat
Jun 12, 2013 02:48am

Sab Topi Drama Hay, Ho ga kuch bhee nahin.

someone
Jun 12, 2013 01:48pm

@Abdul: Do you even realize that you put that comment using internet?