YouTubePK officially launches in Pakistan
Update on 28 September 2016: YouTubePK officially launched in Pakistan today.
18 January 2016: Ban on YouTube has been lifted in Pakistan after over three years. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) finally issues orders for unblocking of YouTube across the country after YouTube launched localised YouTube.PK version. The video site was blocked in September 2012.
7 February 2015: YouTube will remain blocked in Pakistan indefinitely, an official said Saturday, as experts have failed to find a way to filter content deemed offensive and blasphemous. “The matter was reviewed several times but the situation effectively remains the same,” the minister for IT and telecommunication Anusha Rehman told the Senate Friday.
6 May: Ban on YouTube continues. A resolution was approved in the National Assembly to unblock YouTube in Pakistan.
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On 16 March, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said a software has been developed to block blasphemous videos on YouTube and the ban on the website will be lifted soon. He was talking to journalists in Lahore.
A fortnight ago in San Fransisco, on 28 February, Google had lost its appeal to keep the anti-Islam video online. We shared this picture on our Facebook pages. In the meantime, PTA in Pakistan, kept working on a software that could block all such blasphemous material.
The history of YouTube ban: When it happened
The ban on YouTube in Pakistan was imposed after it uploaded a crappy, blasphemous video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
It was on 17 September 2012 that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) ordered access to YouTube blocked, after the website did not remove the video.
Earlier that month, when blasphemous video was released, the video had angered the Muslims around the world.
On 11 September 2012, American Ambassador to Libya was killed along with three other Americans in an attack on American diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
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13 September 2012: Wali’s Facebook status
Hope we can learn from this episode for such blasphemy attempts in the future!
PS: And if you want to respond to these attacks, how about using advice from this way (video, link below)?
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