YouTube set to return to Pakistan

Islamabad: After over three years after the popular video-sharing site YouTube was banned in Pakistan, the website is set to return following orders from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to unblock the site.

According to reports, the ban may be lifted after Eid-ul-Fitr.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Anusha Rehman said that all relevant stakeholders would be kept in the loop regarding the matter, Pakistan Today reported.

According to a report in the Dawn, Google will filter IP addresses and will give its users in Pakistan a ‘PK’ version of the site.

The Pakistan government had blocked the website on September 17, 2012 after it refused to filter sacrilegious content in Pakistan. The government had also asked Google to restrict objectionable content in Pakistan. However, the tech giant had refused to restrict access to the content.

The incident had lead to a wide outcry in Pakistan, following which the government of Pakistan had directed all the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block YouTube.

Besides Pakistan, countries like Iran, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan too have blocked YouTube for not blocking anti-Islamic content.

News24 Bureau