National Assembly Approves Resolution to unban YouTube

A resolution was approved in the National Assembly (NA) to unblock video sharing website YouTube in Pakistan.

The resolution was presented by PPP MNA Shazia Marri who said that all Muslim countries had ended the ban on YouTube. Marri added that access to YouTube in Pakistan was available through proxies and it was now time to end the hypocrisy.

YouTube was blocked in Pakistan in September 2012 after it refused to remove blasphemous content on the request of the country’s government.

It is really disappointing that the government is ignoring this issue and trying to shift responsibility. YouTube is a source of knowledge for a large population of Pakistanis, particularly students and young professionals.

– PPP MNA Shazia Marri

During the session, State Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar stated that government wanted to lift the ban on YouTube and said that it was not possible to remove all the content considered ‘objectionable’ from the internet or YouTube. Government will not be an obstacle in this and will support the initiative to lift the ban.

No date has been given as to when the ban would be removed as yet.


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