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Govt to unblock YouTube in 24 hours, tweets Malik

PM Raja Pervez Ashraf has order shutdown of Youtube services in Pakistan.
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KARACHI: The government has decided to unblock video-sharing website YouTube in Pakistan. Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday, in a message on Twitter, said the website will be unblocked in next 24 hours, DawnNews reported.

“I chaired a high level meeting with all stakeholders on the Youtube. Good job by PTA to block anti Islamic material! Pl expect Youtube unblocked in 24hrs,” said the interior minister.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had ordered shutdown of video-sharing website YouTube on Sept 17, in the aftermath of protests against anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims.”

In a directive issued to the Ministry of Information Technology, the PM stated that the decision was taken after YouTube decided against removing the film and the shutdown will remain effective until the website removes all content from the sacrilegious film.

Protests were broken out across the Muslim world against the film.

Rehman Malik late on Friday also said that people who had been pressing him to unblock the site should be happy now.

“There was a great demand to unblock Youtube from all sections of society especially fellow tweeps. Expect the notification today! Hope you are all happy now,” he messaged.

Moreover, the minister, in a relevant tweet, also said the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is acquiring software to block redundant material on the website.

“PTA is finalising negotiations for acquiring a powerful firewall software to totally block pornographic and blasphemous material,” he said.

Comments (10) Closed

Dec 29, 2012 01:57am
pakistani ministers continue to make fool of thmselves in world media...the block dint affect anything as pakistanis ere anyway enjoying youtube using illegal software...haha what a joke n slap on face of govt.
Cyrus Howell
Dec 29, 2012 12:53am
I AM MALIK. SEE ME TWEET. "God I love making people happy."
Dec 29, 2012 03:10am
Remember blockade of aghan border for US convoys??
Dec 29, 2012 02:44am
Ssshhhh...... They don't know it yet... :)
Dec 28, 2012 10:56pm
Why don't we just ban the Internet , will that not solve all our problems.
Dec 28, 2012 08:56pm
We hate USA but we cannot live without US products.We need iphone,youtube,facebook etc. etc
Dec 28, 2012 09:00pm
Yess thank GOd .. nw we can practice our dances on bro's wedding :D horrrrah!!
Abdullah Hussain
Dec 28, 2012 08:15pm
Rehman Malik, you will do great wrong if you order to un-lock youtube unless the rubbish is removed from youtube. Dont underestimate the sentiments of the public.
Umair Usman Khan
Dec 28, 2012 08:04pm
Its twitter.. Not tweeter! =/
Ghulam Sarwar
Dec 28, 2012 08:03pm
People were already using while it was blocked - whats so special in it?