PTA – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority on Saturday filed a petition in Supreme Court of Pakistan, for the removal of a 3-year-old ban on YouTube.
The world’s number one website when it comes to video sharing was blocked back in September 2012 over its failure to take down the blasphemous “Innocence of Muslims” movie which sparked the protests around the world.
In petition yesterday, PTA mentioned the authority had banned YouTube on the order apex court. The authority said, however, launched a local version after removal of the contents which were objectionable for the users of the country.
“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.”, reported by ProPakistani
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.
Pakistani Internet Service Providers have already opened access to the YouTube in Pakistan, however, official removal depends upon the 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
YouTube is world’s largest video sharing community and now it is available in 88 countries and 76 global languages including Urdu, with over 1 billion monthly users worldwide.