Youtube blocked across Pakistan after refusal to remove anti-Islam film

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Following Youtube management’s refusal to heed to the advice of the Government of Pakistan to remove blasphemous material from its site, Pakistan on Monday night blocked the website across the country. The Ministry of Information Technology implemented the orders by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and Supreme Court of Pakistan and blocked the social website.
Expressing inability to remove the video, YouTube said, “This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be offensive elsewhere. This video – which is widely available on the web – is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube. However, we’ve restricted access to it in countries where it is illegal such as India and Indonesia as well as in Libya and Egypt, given the very sensitive situations in these two countries. This approach is entirely consistent with principles we first laid out in 2007.”
Earlier, the prime minister had taken cognizance of presence of blasphemous material available on the social media network and issued strict instructions to the ministry to block the services of Youtube with immediate effect.
The PTA had earlier sent a list of anti-Islamic secured links to Facebook management, which had been blocked from viewing. A number of complaints had been reported stating that clips of the blasphemous anti-Islam film were still available on the internet, especially on Youtube. The prime minister said the blasphemous material would not be tolerated and the services of Youtube would remain suspended until the removal of blasphemous material.
PTA blocks 934 links of anti-Islam movie: Meanwhile, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said 934 websites carrying blasphemous content had been blocked by Monday evening. “However, the surge of anti-Islamic video is massive, causing unrest in the country,” the statement added. The PTA urged the nation to inform the authority of any viewable links of anti-Islamic websites promptly.
Court for blocking offending material: Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court directed PTA to immediately block the offensive material against Islam and Muslims on YouTube and on any other website.
The PTA chairman was ordered to submit a report with the registrar. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain issued directions after conduction proceedings on a constitutional petition moved by Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed and former Jammat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed availability of obscene and other objectionable material on the Internet and media.

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33 Comments

      • Z.A.M said:

        It is stupid. The actions of the person that made the video are horrifying yet that is his and Allah's relation. We mere humans have no right to take matters into our own hands and run around blowing things up. and blocking youtube, Ha Ha PAKISTAN blocking youtube? that wont have any effect on the people that made the video. Islam is perfect, Muslims are idiots.

  1. Khawar Islam said:

    Good effort . If these youtube guys are so haughty and headstrong with no care to the Muslim sentiments (as they were asked to block the blasphemous video). They should be blocked and banned. We had already been living without youtube in the past …. Its no oxygen to us. Anyone who is indifferent to the sanctity of our beloved prophet should be slammed and hacked the same way.

    • Rashid Mehmmood said:

      very rite we are first Muslim then other things

      we sacrifice our lives for the name of Hazrat Muhammad SAW

  2. T4U said:

    as a muslim you can also decide not to go to you tube! No one is forcing you to go and watch anything that you find offensive. Developed world is developed because they are not living in dark ages and they are not going to come and live with you in dark ages at your request

    • qbs said:

      as a muslim my heart is not dark enough to feel deprived of the modern temptations hence its good they blocked the youtube and hence in your face DISGRACE

  3. Muhammad Sultan said:

    Thanks God..!
    Pakistan move towards one step ahead for the sake of Islam..
    YA ALLAH help us, Pakistan, Muslims and Islam..

  4. Ali Ahsan via Facebo said:

    as a Muslim, I find this action rather stupid

    block the actual video link, not the whole damn website

  5. a.khan said:

    ye awam kahan jaegi bhai,, jo google ko oxygen ki tarha use karti he :p

      • a.khan said:

        no i am saying… ppl wl die if thy ban google.. thy r using it as oxygen mean home page, log mar jaengen par koi isy block ni karega,, na facebook ko… got it.. :)

  6. a.khan said:

    at least pakistan me koi aysa link bnae google jese.unky products or chizo ko block kia jae,,… tab manu

  7. Muhammad Umar said:

    lol pakis r still living in stone ages, no light, no gas , no net. another very desperate behaviour from paki govr . there is no way to bloak the entire webite. No one is forcing u to go into link to watch that movie. only making fun of them selves

    • Muhammad Umar said:

      bcz PAKIZ r out of brain
      hate to b paki x(
      only gud at exploiting religion

      • Tariq Abbasi said:

        Pakistan has corrupt rulers . Where ever they got good leadership they prove themselves. Nuclear technology is one example. And you must also look at the higher education silent revolution, which is ripening in our universities. American puppets tried to cease that but eventually they failed. In the life of nations tough days come i.e. the civil war of US. By the grace of Allah Pakistan will come out of this bad situation soon. If you are not someone else under the mask of Muhammad Umer you should use such slain language.

        • Tariq Abbasi said:

          you should not use such slain language ( Correction for last sentence)

  8. Khawar Islam via Fac said:

    Good effort . If these youtube guys are so haughty and headstrong with no care to the Muslim sentiments (as they were asked to block the blasphemous video). They should be blocked and banned. We had already been living without youtube in the past …. Its no oxygen to us. Anyone who is indifferent to the sanctity of our beloved prophet should be slammed and hacked the same way.

  9. Jaggu said:

    There was so much of fuss! So I watched this movie. It was the most stupid, brainless, meaningless movie. no one would have bothered watching it, if there were no protests.

    • observer said:

      we are living in different worlds. To me its not only ignorant and ridiculous to protest about things like this, in their world its a matter of life and death. I can now totally understand why the US has decided to drone such people as they cannot be reasoned with.

  10. Miss Piggy said:

    they should ban google for hosting the video on youtube when the offensive nature of the video was plain to see. id like to see how sergey brin or larry page feel when 1.4% of their revenue takes a hit.

  11. Syed said:

    What if something was posted against USA, Israel or UK etc what they would have done to Youtube?
    The problem they are getting is the spread of Islam so rapidly. Even if someone agrees or not we are heading towards a CRUSADE…………….

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