Chairman Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) Farooq Awan has stated that the popular video sharing website Youtube will be unblocked and back in service to the entire nation of Pakistan in the upcoming 15-20 days.
They are saying that talks are currently being made with Google, who is the owner of Youtube, to remove the blasphemous content from their video sharing website.
It is obvious that Google is loosing business from this, but “we” the people are also at a great disadvantage by blocking such a popular service, it was however inevitable and a necessary action that needed to be done to calm and control the situation in Pakistan.
Update – December 04th, 2012
According to the latest news, Director General of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Farooq Awan takes back his own words and says that there has been no decision to unblock YouTube nor was it officially opened.
Farooq Awan said the PTA would investigate those Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who opened the video sharing website in some cities of Pakistan on Monday.
So according to him also, some of the internet service providers in Pakistan have already started unblocking YouTube. But he wasn’t done there as he also added that action would be taken against the ISP’s which opened YouTube and their licenses could be suspended.
Lets see how well this turns out be, please comment below and let us know your opinion regarding this announcement made by PTA 🙂
Update: Youtube to be unblocked in 24 hours, tweets Malik
Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that a decision has been taken to unblock YouTube website within 24 hours following ‘a great demand’.
In a message tweeted on Friday (Dec 28th, 2012); Rehman Malik said that he chaired a high-level meeting with all stakeholders on youtube issue. He said that notification in this regard is likely to be issued today. Malik further said that those who had been pressing him to unblock the site should be happy now.
He also added, PTA is finalizing negotiations for acquiring powerful firewall software to totally block pornographic and blasphemous material.
Youtube was unblocked and made accessible on 12/29/2012, but only for a short while after the PTA ordered all ISPs and IT sectors to unban the Youtube website. But surprisingly moments later the Prime Minister of Pakistan ordered to re-blocked the video sharing website, once again.. and it has been since remained inaccessible.