You might be aware of the fact that YouTube is accessible in Pakistan on various ISPs as of now, as we are getting all sorts of reports and queries from our readers asking if YouTube is unblocked in Pakistan forever or it opening is just temporary.
For all those seeking the answer: YouTube is opening due to a technical glitch and it will be blocked again, anytime.
Sources at ISPs told me that access to YouTube in Pakistan was restored due to a technical glitch, that is being fixed now.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, when asked about opening of YouTube in Pakistan, told me that their policy on YouTube ban is still intact and there’s no order sent to ISPs for restoration of YouTube.
PTA clarified that ban on YouTube is based on Supreme Court of Pakistan order that was issued on September 17th, 2012.
PTA said that it has no mandate to revert Supreme Court orders unless directive is annulled by Supreme Court itself.
It merits mentioning here that Supreme Court recently accepted a petition for hearing that pleas to get YouTube unblocked in Pakistan.
But for now, YouTube is officially banned in Pakistan and it is going to stay this way until any different orders from Supreme Court of Pakistan are issued.
In fact Pakistan’s traffic to YouTube reached its highest level during last few fays, almost half of what it was when YouTube was banned in Sep 2012.
YouTube Traffic from Pakistan