YouTube Ban Challenged in Peshawar High Court

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A lawyer from Peshawar has challenged the ban on YouTube in Peshawar High Court, by maintaining that the ban on the video sharing website should be un-blocked.

Petitioner,Mian Mohibullah Kakakhel, said that its in the larger interest of general public to access the YouTube.

He mentioned that authorities concerned, i.e. PTA and MoIT have failed to block the specific URLs that contain blasphemous content – unlike they claimed at various occasions – and that blocking whole website is not a solution.

Petitioner is of the view that YouTube contains countless useful videos that can not be found on any other resource. He said that nature of videos available on YouTube includes topics such as history, culture and religious importance besides music, sports, movies, news, animal planets, cartoons for kids and sermons of Islamic scholars.

He claimed that YouTube was the only website containing education contents, which encouraged students and citizens to learn technical things like making new software, robots, mechanical engineering, software engineering, how to install a hardware, advance cell phone usage and installation of software. He said that most of the software might not be provided here, or if available, a hefty amount of fee was demanded.

Petitioner said that YouTube ban is violation of basic human rights and their right to access to information that is available Publicly.

PTA through its Chairman and Minister for MoIT were made respondents to the case.

It maybe recalled that YouTube was banned in Pakistan on September 17th, 2012 when blasphemous videos on the website had triggered worldwide protests from Muslims. Pakistani authorities – during the while – tried several time to contact Google and get the access of these videos blocked in Pakistan, but they failed.


  • Shahid Saleem

    It’s true, I used to watch a lot of Google Tech videos for example and last night I realized I watch none any more. All because it is inconvenient to use a proxy. It’s one hurdle more, for no good reason.

    September to today, has the ban forced Google to change the contents of Youtube? NO. What’s working is having PTA/the ministry ACTUALLY COMMUNICATE with Google, which is what they could have done in September.

    Idiot bureaucrats and government.

    • koolwalky

      Agreed. We have to realize that YouTube is filled with countless educational videos. The channel “khanacademy” is just an example, it has every single math topic covered whether it be geometry, algebra or calculus.

      Sad to say that if I ever get stuck I have to use proxies just to learn something that should be covered by our “basic human rights” and the “right to have access to information and knowledge”

      Just block the damn blasphemous content like we blocked some pages on Wikipedia, how is YouTube any different than Wiki in this case….

  • Jamil Ahmad

    Interesting development in Lahore High Court as well. http://bit.ly/17vQSZm

  • MUHAMMAD ABRAR ALI

    I AM AGREE WITH U SHAHID BHAI MANY PEOPLE LIKE ME NEEDED FOR SOME ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS AND ARTICLE SEARCH

    • CAPS LOCK jam hai aap ka? :P

      • Faizan Shaikh

        hehehe

      • Mubashar Ghuman

        :-p

  • I missed 1st day of Google I/O last night

    Bunch of ignorant pricks are depriving the tech savvy population from their tech stuff :/

  • Mohammad Ali

    plzzz open kar do yad youtube :/
    kab tak hm proxy pay chalay

    • Hotspot shield pay guzara karo :P

      • Osama

        yar rizwan bhai ab to proxy par b too much slow chalta hai yar… and jin k pas slow connection hai jo high connection ko avail nhe kar skty coz wo costly hai then un becharon ka kia kasor hai yar hm to kisi tarahn kar k adjust kar he laity hain but mostly people do not feel comfortable by using proxies, hotspot shield, spot flux etc etc… please gov its our request to you that please open such a knowledge full site…………………….

  • Angry Paki

    it is very hard to imagine what pakistanis have lost/missed since the blockage of youtube… imagine its impact on election if youtube is not block during election 2013. we people would be able to see lot about these politicians

    • Omair Ahmed

      yes thats the reason never open youtube and Please block facebook too, only then everyone will say Free and Fair elections:P

  • Wajid

    On kar do yrrr YouTube se mai apne projects search karta hun….

  • Naeem Ilyas

    Youtube should be open lots of student and engineers work and educate themselves with the help of lecturers and video, useful for daily life working material,

    It should be open, but the links those contain blasphemous content must be blocked first, what the IT Ministers are doing, its not a good idea to put the whole website down, instead of blocking some links, (To Hell with this GOVT and narrow minded peoples)

    • Arslan

      block itttttttttttttt dont open…. every thing is available on other sites…

      • koolwalky

        Give me a site where I can watch all videos of khanacademy.

      • Oh really?

        Propakistani should be blocked in whole pakistan cause some Arslan is insulting my intelligence.

        See …. Whats the problem here? Arslan not Propakistani, Hence Propakistani shouldn’t get banned. So why should Youtube be banned if some stupid insults anything and upload it?

        • Hani

          OK propakistani can’t be blocked for this… agreed

          but propakistani can delete the comment, if its offending..

          that’s what youtube is not doing……what a cruelty

          • Stop using internet, its full of such bullshit. #Logic -_-

          • Oh really?

            if its offending..

            Thats judgmental. Still Arslan comment is offensive to my intelligence. I demand immediate removal of it and permanent ban for him.

            • Hani

              you are comparing yourself (single person) with whole Muslim community..

  • aasim

    ha block rehne do ,.. cruel youtube owners

    • Fadu

      Keya cruel youtube owners. Bc. Chotya

  • Rizwan

    Please unblock youtube and only block the specific content,we need youtube for informational videos but our hell goverment not filter the content block complete website now everyone opens youtube with hotspot shield etc.

  • oh finally i hope they unblock it, life is so boring without you tube after such a long wait, may be we will get to stream videos in great comfort! love you khan bhai! rehman malik, we hate you! you were the most pathetic person Pakistan could ever have!

  • Be Respectful

    Obviously Propakistani is not moderating comments posted by readers.

  • Dear PTA, Youtube k saath kuch aur websites bhi ban hain :P

    • Salman Abbas

      Wo waise bhi bohat low quality ya paid hain use ThePirateBay :P

  • Adil

    KPK main tabdeeli aana shru hogayi :D

  • Salman Abbas

    Hell even government universities are still using it to stream lectures. Stop this hypocrisy!

  • Youtube Must be unbanned in Pakistan

  • Zohan

    why not just block the damn video instead of blocking the whole youtube

  • Zohan

    he didnt mention gameplays must be noob

  • Faizan Shaikh

    yesh right

    utube shud be unblock what u say guys plz get back to me at
    03313190289