PTA Files Petition in Supreme Court for Removal of YouTube Ban

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Saturday filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, seeking removal of a 3-year-old ban on YouTube.

The video-sharing website was blocked in Pakistan in September 2012 over its failure to take down the blasphemous “Innocence of Muslims” movie that sparked furious protests around the world then.

In its petition today, PTA contended that the authority had banned YouTube on the order of apex court. The authority, it said, however launched a local version of YouTube, removing objectionable content for users in Pakistan.

The petition says the ban on the world’s largest community powered video site is not necessary after the launch of the localized version. The court, therefore, should lift its ban on YouTube, the petition pleaded.

It must be noted that Google last week announced a local version for YouTube that will have tailored content for Pakistan region. However, unlike PTA claimed in the petition, the blasphemous content is available on the video sharing website.

It maybe recalled that Pakistani ISPs have already opened the access of YouTube in Pakistan, however, official removal of ban is subject to Supreme Court’s order.

In case the Supreme Court lifts the ban from the Youtube, the people of Pakistan will be able to gain access to the world’s biggest video streaming site after a gap of three and half years

With over 1 billion monthly users worldwide, YouTube is the world’s largest online video sharing community, and is now available in 88 countries locally, as well as in 76 global languages, including Urdu.

 


  • Javed Khan

    Meanwhile not a single damn was given about the retarded videos the world over /s

    • Ishtiaq

      PTA ne supreme Court ko bhi paplu fit karne ki koshish ki hai. Koun sa ban hataney ki permission? when youtube is already open and working flawlessly.

  • Wulfere

    youtube ban or any other online ban is stupid as there is a famous online saying

    “10 ways to block it 101 ways to unblock it”

  • Originative

    “It must be noted that Google last week announced a local version for YouTube that will have tailored content for Pakistan region.” where is google announcing? it you, propakistani…. since when you start to spoke for google? further there is not such thing as local version… it is just a logo

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      logo means local version …rest you are right

    • aamir7

      Sir, check their official blogpost on this. Yeh alag baat hay ProPakistani’s story surfaced even before official announcement :P

      • sajid

        Placing logo of pak doesn’t mean that it is local version…
        Propakistani only made a news for his website nothing else …

        • ImranG

          Well, really, what does local mean then, showing videos of whats happening in your street.

          • Mainichi

            rekt

        • aamir7

          Jee bilkul sahi smjhay app

          • Javed Khan

            Yaar aap faal nikalna shuroo kardein ab kasam sey :P

      • Taha Najam

        There is no such announcement on the official blog either. Don’t pull stuff out of your behind.

  • Waqas Tariq

    Great, Google should now also enable adsense on youtube(for Pak accounts) so content creators like Karachi Vines etc can earn from their hard work.

  • BADAR

    Why local version shows indian contents????

    • mrtomatohead

      So should it show only local content?

      • Saqib

        which actually does not exist.

        • mrtomatohead

          yup, exactly.

      • BADAR

        Yes Pakistani version means Pure Pakistani contents

  • Bilal Iqbal

    what kind of practical ban is this yaar… :P

    • sa

      yaar aap tu hacker ho gaye… site open karli.. wah wah.. waqiye pakistan main buhat talent hay :p

      • Bilal Iqbal

        Lol… Just mentioned as irony that if site was open without any proxy then what kind of ban it was… By the way PTA today notified about removal of it.

  • Salman Qamar

    Sachi Baat ha. Govt of Pakistan ko paisay mil gaye hain. Jala Watan ki gayi gustakh youtube is officially Halal Now. Cheers

  • Mainichi

    Now all they need to do is lift the ban on p0rn websites ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • aamir7

    Thank you for sharing the link. Hope this will end it.

  • Zubair Gu

    Ptcl be like : don’t do this

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    • Mainichi

      Nobody is forcing you to watch it.

  • Palaupakistani

    So nw we shall have mujra videos in local content being suggested

  • MMMTheHacker

    If the blasphemous content is not removed then what’s the point of going to the court? and why in such a hurry? I mean the news came just this week and they just rushed to the court without even checking if the content has been removed or not. It’s like they were running out of oxygen or something without youtube.

  • Palaupakistani

    Do u think the world gave a fudge abt what pakistan thought and wanted regarding the vidz. Its us who want their website not them since they generate very little revenue from pakistan. Besides i have been able to access it in all these years so what ws the point of the ban. Stupid govt can only ban stuff which defames pakistan in whole world

  • Saqib

    Dear Amir, please update the article, Youtube has removed all the instances of the objectionable video from its Pakistani version. Here is the screenshot

  • Ambreen Khan

    Dailymotion is also banned in Pakistan, Kal Raat say nahi khul rahi

    • Saqib

      If youtube is open, who cares if dailymotion is banned on not!

      • Ambreen Khan

        True who cares, But why should it be banned in our country, Reason should be declare..

    • umer

      Yes ptcl pe work nahi ker rahi but dont know baqi pe kerti hai ke nhi

  • umer

    now dailymotion is blocked

  • Wulfere

    Who The F*** Cares About Local Version As Long As YouTube Is Open In Pakistan Everyone Is Happy Stupid People Just Need Something To Keep Complaining