Pakistan likely to get YouTube back by May: Report

Published: April 23, 2013

The IT ministry took up the matter with US diplomatic level and eventually succeeded to convince the Google administration. DESIGN: ANUSHAY FURQAN

ISLAMABAD: The ban on video-sharing website YouTube is likely to be lifted in the first week of May following talks between the Google administration and the Ministry of Information Technology, sources told The Nation on Monday.

Google had earlier declined Pakistan’s demand of permanently blocking blasphemous content on the website owing to the absence of necessary laws and agreements between Pakistan and the US. According to the sources, negotiations this time were proving to be fruitful.

The IT ministry “took up the matter with US diplomatic level and eventually succeeded to convince the Google administration. Both sides to remove sacrilegious’ content from YouTube on good faith have so far agreed to meet in a video conference next week,” the sources were quoted as saying.

Two proposals are likely to be placed by Pakistani authorities during the video conference, the sources further said.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority had banned YouTube in September 2012 after Google turned down Islamabad’s request to remove the blasphemous video ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which sparked violence in the Muslim world including Pakistan.

Correction: An earlier version of the article quoted Indian news agency ANI for the report. However, the report was first carried by Pakistani newspaper The Nation which was quoted by ANI.

Reader Comments (15)

  • Waseem Sarwar
    Apr 23, 2013 - 4:49PM

    On 12th May to be exact as elections will pass by then.

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  • Aftab A. khan
    Apr 23, 2013 - 5:11PM

    At last ministry of information has taken a very good decision , It will help student and general public . Good luck guys. Have fun .

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  • Kaleem
    Apr 23, 2013 - 5:23PM

    May this minister be elected forever if he resumes youtube :)

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  • Gp65
    Apr 23, 2013 - 5:27PM

    Misleading headline. Google has simply agreed to listen to Pakistan. It has not Yet agreed to comply with Pakistan’s wishes.

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  • pervaiz memon
    Apr 23, 2013 - 5:40PM

    Thank God . It must be before election .

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  • RKM
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Oh man, I’ll be having my exams.

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  • expaki
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:12PM

    @Kaleem: Kallem Sahib, if you wish “this minister be elected forever”then either make him a GENERAL or some kind of AZAM.

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  • Sabih Shad
    Apr 23, 2013 - 6:24PM

    It’s a shame no local company took advantage of this ban to come up with a viable alternative.

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  • Zain
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @Sabih Shad:
    Do you know how many millions of dollars goes into the development of YouTube? Do you know the costs of the bandwidth? How about even the fact that lets say someone did make a Pakistani version who will the advertise to? Just Pakistanis?

    Who cares what others upload on youtube. You want to burn down a library just because of one bad book?Recommend

  • Sarwar
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:05PM

    My Goodness! Report is by The Nation, which Indian news agency quoted. ET’s Web Editor needs Glasses

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  • Bogus
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:07PM

    This subject has been beat to death and somehow “out of the blue” we now have an article which essentially says that every previous statement by the USA govt and Google has been reversed. This article defies common sense doesn’t deserve to be on the front page.
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    The US govt doesn’t have the authority to abridge the constitutional right of free speech – has said so on many occasions. The repeated position of the IT Ministry that the stumbling block to resolving this issue is related to negotiating laws/treaties with the USA is absurd.

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  • waqas
    Apr 23, 2013 - 7:30PM

    must be some joke…

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  • Salman
    Apr 23, 2013 - 9:56PM

    They should remove the ban 1st of may so pakistani audience can view the uncensored clips of “angel” Pakistani politicians. That’s the real truth behind the ban

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  • Paindoo
    Apr 23, 2013 - 10:10PM

    @ Sabih Shad: Actually, there has been some attempts in this direction. You can check tune.pk and tubestreaming.com. They are made in Pakistan but they didn’t get the desired response. I guess marketing was a problem here.

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  • Moazzam
    May 4, 2013 - 1:56PM

    Its one heck of a twist that they banned YouTube. Don’t you think its a coincidence that they directed an anti Islamic film on September, just like the false blame on Muslims for 9/11 attack, September 2011?

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