Pakistan may block Google, Youtube to deny terrorists communication source

Published: September 17, 2011
Rehman Malik says Google and Youtube ought to help Pakistan government work against terrorists. PHOTO: FILE/APP

Rehman Malik says Google and Youtube ought to help Pakistan government work against terrorists. PHOTO: FILE/APP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that if Google and Youtube do not help the Pakistan government, then Pakistan reserves the right to block these services to prevent terrorists from using it.

The Interior Minister who was talking to media men at the FIA headquarters on Saturday urged the internet service providers to extend their help to the government for exterminating the menace of terrorism from the country.

Talking to mediamen here at FIA headquarters, he said the government would be compelled to block certain internet service provider’s sites, if they did not extend cooperation to the government.

Malik said that Taliban and other terrorist organisations were sharing intelligence through internet and curbing these activities was imperative.

Elimination of grey networks

Further steps would be taken to improve the performance of FIA and competent lawyers would be selected for the legal branch, he said.

He said he has directed the FIA to eliminate gray traffic. In future the circle head of FIA and relevant PTA officials would be held responsible for gray traffic in their areas.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Dr Mohammad Yaseen said that during the last two years 44 raids have been conducted against gray traffic and 102 persons have been arrested.

PTA had recently blocked private browsing in an attempt to disrupt terrorist communications.

Malik said that evidence showed that terrorists involved in the recent bomb blast in the Mumbai had used internet servers based in the US to communicate.

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  • zeeshan
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:24PM

    how cn useful sites cme in use terrorist,this man really knws how to crack some very good jokes haha!bravooo Mr.MalikRecommend

  • Khalid
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:31PM

    Block the people of Pakistan from information & Knowledge, what a dreadful thought, what can you expect from a person like Mr Malik , I dont think he even knows what Google and YouTube is all about.Recommend

  • Sep 17, 2011 - 11:33PM

    Yeah blocking google and stopping the terrorists from searching would really stop terrorism. Oh and blocking harmless videos would do that. How clever minister, maybe you should first try to recognize the difference between a banana and an apple.


  • Bob
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:34PM

    Great idea!


  • Tauseef
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:35PM

    He has illusions about his powers. :)


  • Dawn
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:38PM

    really?? blocking youtube and google won’t help.. what a joker!


  • Saffyg
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:41PM

    This guy’s lost it.


  • Ali
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Privacy comes first! The Pakistan government should work within the legal framework to subpoena ISPs when credible information is at hand and the ISPs should disclose instances (not necessarily the details) of such attempts to access customer usage.


  • Sep 17, 2011 - 11:44PM

    We he can’t take proper measures, he speaks like this. Can anyone tell him Google is used by students too for their academic purpose.!


  • SH
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:45PM

    I bet Mr.Malik is just frustrated because he couldn’t figure out how to use google and because of all the videos of him saying and doing stupid things on YouTube!!


  • Sep 17, 2011 - 11:52PM

    This guy is crazy, how can someone do any terrorist activity through a search engine?


  • Junaid Chughtai
    Sep 17, 2011 - 11:59PM

    He probably just named Google and YouTube because those are the only website names he knows.


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 12:01AM

    There aren’t many lame and stupid statements which makes someone struggle, unsuccessfully, to search for a suitable facial expression. This was one of those for me.

    Does he even know what Google is? Of course not. Uncle Genius apparently has started blabbering about random Internet sites/services he has heard I guess.

    I bet his whole interview/statement giving part of brain can be coded with few lines (Intended for geeks):

    using namespace 3neurons;
    int main()
    title = random(movie);
    internet_site = random(site);

    if(type == “afterattack”){
    blabber(“It has come to our attention that the terrorists were wearing ” movie “costumes”; //for future. use “We are forcing the company responsible to stop making such clothes. We will take the matter in International court if required”
    else (type == normal
    blabber(“Terrorists are using ” site “for their activities. We will block the sites and services if they don’t cooperate with us” // for future. “It has also come to our attention that they drink Haleeb Milk. We are going to close the responsible factories immediately!”



  • Sep 18, 2011 - 12:03AM

    How someone else could help the Pakistan Government when they are not helping themselves. Banning google and youtube is the most stupid thing said my our officials.


  • Parvez
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:12AM

    ….only yesterday I warned my mother-in-law not get addicted to Youtube and Facebook.


  • Sad but true
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:13AM

    He is following the footsteps as the chines have done. Is Pakistan becoming a Chinese sattilite?


  • Ali
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:28AM

    Anything to make the country safer.


  • Positive Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:33AM

    Relieved after reading the full article….was worried if rahman malik plans to block the whole of Google and Youtube for any Pakistani public (you can expect anything from Rehman Malik)……and the Google Earth/Map….using which he finds out the location of the terrorists in Pakistan:PRecommend

  • Z.Z
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:35AM

    what about facebook??


  • ZM
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:37AM

    Google Communication :S
    When did that come out?


  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:42AM

    He better not dare do this.
    I’ll leave this country if youtube gets banned !
    i am a heavy youtuber and my day is incomplete without it.
    lol does he even know how to use a computer ?


  • lolonyou1
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:48AM

    LOOOOL, im imagining a taliban searching “what to do if your’e with the taliban ?”,
    and at Youtube watching FPSRussia, and thinking, why is is his aim so good? eh lets recruit him.


  • Pakistani
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:50AM

    Somebody please ask Rehman Malik to google what ‘Google’ is.


  • Straight Fire
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:53AM

    Better learn to block websites first then talk in public … to begin with, try blocking XXX sites but why in the world would you ever do it, isn’t everyone aware that its a corrupt government and it loves to spread corruption no matter what kind of, be it financial corruption or moral corruption …


  • asdf
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:53AM

    Chinese sphere of influence!


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 12:55AM

    LOOOOOOL, im imagining a Taliban searching “so what to do if you’e with the Taliban” and watching Achmed the the Dead the Terrorist on Youtube and thinking “wait, Osama is that you”?


  • Hussain
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:59AM

    I am sometimes surprised at the ignorance of our ministers. The most uneducated and misfit people deciding the fate of this country, this is a big paradox our times. May God save us from the stupid decisions. Revered minister should first ask his FIA to explain him what Google is used for!


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 1:04AM

    It will be Pakistan’s loss not Google or Youtube’s.


  • Majid
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:18AM

    A better and much more targeted approach would be to implement Deep Packet Inspection. Although I have strong reservations in its usage with regards to privacy, however it is still a much better step compared to blocking whole domains. Mr. Malik would also do well to make sure that access to militant propaganda easily available online and in bazaars and delivered through sermons, and taught in madrassas is restricted.


  • MS - Mariya
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:20AM

    “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato

    May be Rehman malik typed below on google :-))

    ”meaning of zardari”


  • Johndoe
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:31AM

    So, if we take his logic into mind. Terrorists use motorcycles. Ban motorcycles.

    This is obviously a ploy to allow the government to dig into youtube’s and google’s private usage files regarding users. It didnt work for china, how does he think it will work for pk?

  • Rehman Malik
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:55AM

    I say ban the google and also the youtube


  • TightChuddi
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:00AM

    What about Twitter? Mr Malik is a big fan of the site…


  • Strigon
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:05AM

    Lets block everything in Pakistan, lets go back to stone age sounds to me that leaders are not interested in our future.


  • nayeem
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:08AM

    what about all the porn sites?


  • Domlurian
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:16AM

    Fantastic idea. Shut yourself from the rest of the world, in every sphere, please.
    The World will thank you for it!


  • abhi
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:58AM

    Maybe Rehman Malik is googling for ‘Terrorists in Pakistan’ and is unable to find them in the listings. And probably he is not getting Thumbs Up and Likes for his uploaded videos on YouTube. Hence, the threat.I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow he blamed India for creating ‘Pakistan’ in 1947.His logic is totally unchallengeable. ALWAYS.


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 3:07AM

    Don’t take Google from me dude. Please.


  • Arindom
    Sep 18, 2011 - 3:12AM

    sabhash!! now you are well and truly on the path to medieval times!!!
    Also don’t forget to block yahoo!, linkedin, orkut, facebook, twitter, gmail, etc..


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 4:07AM

    Seems like Rehman Malik is playing into the hands of Microsoft. With Google banned, Pakistan will be the only country in the world where Bing is the dominant search engine.


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 4:12AM

    People of Pakistan should wake up now. Take power into their hands. Snatch it from the armed forces and the politicians. Don’t let anyone dictate to you how you are going to live your life. What will happen to your future generation? Do you want them to go to stone ages!


  • Sheikh
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:14AM

    Finally a solution to terrorrism, great achievement sir. Job well done.


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 4:17AM

    now they want to get pakistanis blocked , so no one get their information from google and youtube…


  • amjad ali
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:23AM

    good jock keep it hahahahahahaha
    have you another one please?????????????????


  • amjad ali
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:30AM

    gooooooooooooooooood jock


  • Noreen
    Sep 18, 2011 - 4:52AM



  • Malik
    Sep 18, 2011 - 5:06AM

    Welcome to the 90’s.


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 5:56AM

    Let us suppose that Mr.Malik has successfully blocked Google. Won’t the terrorists use Yahoo instead?


  • Faisal
    Sep 18, 2011 - 5:57AM

    I believe he doesnt want people to look at Zulfiqar Mirza’s videos !


  • NA
    Sep 18, 2011 - 6:08AM

    Desperated and confused ,failed to handle the situation, so he says it should be.
    He will face the reaction from students and other community.Another supreme court will be coming aganist his decision.


  • Block all US websites
    Sep 18, 2011 - 6:57AM

    Google, Facebook and YouTube are part of the surveillance regime operated by the US Govt thru it’s National Security Agency (NSA).

    Pakistan must ban all US websites. This will stop surveillance of Pakistani citizens. Also, this will spur the growth of the information technology sector in Pakistan.

    This US Govt and Google, Facebook and YouTube are not good for Pakistan.


  • John B
    Sep 18, 2011 - 7:18AM

    No wonder PAK is in trouble. Google and you tube? Good luck PAK. Recommend

  • theoddoneout
    Sep 18, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Also please advise the electronic media to sober up. In their drive to maximize viewership they are, knowingly or unknowingly hurting Pakistan.


  • Neena
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:15AM

    First step is to block Taliban Radio which is creating terrorists through their transmission.


  • rashid
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:16AM

    I am sometimes surprised at the ignorance of our ministers. The most uneducated and misfit people deciding the fate of this country, this is a big paradox our times. May God save us from the stupid decisions. Revered minister should first ask his FIA to explain him what Google is used for! He probably just named Google and YouTube because those are the only website names he knows.


  • Mirza
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:18AM

    Another great step toward stone age. Mere fundamentalism is not enough let us do this as well to hasten the slide.


  • prashanth
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:20AM

    Hey, Taliban use roads and highways of Pakistan as well!


  • Hasan
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:46AM

    Blocking these sites will only further isolate Pakistanis; especially those who rely on the sites to obtain vital information to assist in work and study. Further, it is essential that Pakistanis join the international community (something they are currently not a party to!). These sites provide an worthwhile platform to interact and learn about other cultures, religions and societies – something Pakistanis are woefully ignorant of.


  • Radial
    Sep 18, 2011 - 8:49AM

    Let’s also block water and food since terrorists drink and eat it to stay alive. If we block water and food surely the terrorists will starve to death. Wait a minute….. so will the other 180 million people! Our interior minister is a genius.


  • Ghazen
    Sep 18, 2011 - 9:06AM

    Stupidest thing I have ever heard.


  • Akthar
    Sep 18, 2011 - 9:22AM

    We are following Iran`s foot steps. Pakistan must block all channels of communication with the outside world & allow only sites and channels of Islamic countries and Arabic Values. Way to go Rehman Malik


  • Rehmat Ullah Kundi
    Sep 18, 2011 - 9:32AM

    I think Rehman Malik should make his own agencies accountable rather than expecting google to do his bidding. Security agencies and intelligence agencies are spending millions and billions without delivering any tangible results. They were used by Mush to extend his tenure and for suppressing opposition leaders. They have rendered valuable service to the US in return for dollars but failed terribly at home front.


  • Rehmat Ullah Kundi
    Sep 18, 2011 - 9:42AM

    If anyone want to know who Rehman Malik really is, watch the last portion of Zulfiqar Mirza interview with Kashi Abbasi in “Off the Record”.


  • Shahrukh kazmi
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Banning is/was never a solution we have the best of the best ICT geeks who can track down any IP in this world, hire them and make our internet security better and strong.


  • imtiaz
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Realy leaders of pakistan are not interested in future of pakistan they just time passing and make money.


    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:38AM

    Rehman Malik should put a total ban on internet in Pakistan ‘the land of the pure’, which is corrupting the youth of the country.


  • Jal
    Sep 18, 2011 - 11:12AM

    Ban the porn sites and Facebook, these sites are destroying our youth….


  • let there be peace
    Sep 18, 2011 - 11:16AM

    No worries if google and youtube are blocked, there is always and In fact you can just relax and outsource such work and your cyber security to china . They will happily oblige for free. In case they ask for fees, you can always give them more parts of kashmir and few ports, some agricultural land and some jungles for hunting trips.


  • Sane
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:00PM

    I don’t know what has gone wrong with People (seeing comments above) why they can not understand how enemies of Pakistan can use Google/Youtube/Facebook against the interests of Pakistan and it’s integrity.

    A single fabricated video can play havoc…..just remember the killing of a person by a Ranger Personnell in Karachi and how it spread the same and even more level of Panic can be created by a fabricated video…….

    these websites should be controlled and continuously monitored if not blocked and there should be a Team in FIA/ISI which should check continuously these websites and if no cooperations comes then they should be bloacked Temporarily (when required)

    Give the devil his due and appreciate Mr. Malik once for saying something right


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 12:05PM

    its indeed a big big joke of Uncle sam!:) just incase the sites have been bloked and there is again terrorist attacks,then??? who is responsible ?


  • Kamran
    Sep 18, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Ban the mobile phone services from pakistan because terrorist also using it..Malik has gone made…


  • BruteForce
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:05PM

    If he really wants to take care of the Terrorist menace then there are so many steps waiting to be taken!

    1) He could reform the School syllabus and make madrassas illegal or atleast reform them.
    2) Hunt down anti-India terrorists like Hafiz Saeed, who preach openly a violent Jihad.
    3) Go after North Waziristan to destroy Terrorist Safe Havens.

    These are some that just occurred to me. Banning Google will take Pakistan back to stone-age, or atleast increase the pace at which this will happen.


  • Anwar
    Sep 18, 2011 - 2:51PM

    Someone tell Malik that terrorist networks are also using sophisticated Satellite Phones to communicate. Instead of fighting terrorism they just block Motor bikes, VPN, Internet. Shame.


  • ali
    Sep 18, 2011 - 3:34PM

    Good Malik Sahib, very good. Now, please also ban schools and universities and start teaching every child in this country to become a professional barber. Oh, was it to harsh a word? Ok here’s a more softer version. Hair stylists!


  • Babloo
    Sep 18, 2011 - 5:44PM

    Block Google.
    Ban computers.
    Do not produce any electricity.

    And also, if the medicine and tooth paste manufacturers cannot prevent terrorists from using tooth-paste and medicines for prolonging their health then ban medicines and tooth paste too. enough is enough.


  • malik
    Sep 18, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Google, Facebook and YouTube..these are all Jewish creations. Naturally, they have been created specifically to destabilize our country.

    1.) We should ban internet.
    2.) All internet service providers companies should be shut down.
    3.) We should ask our scientists to develop something in Urdu as a substitute for internet. We have no shortage of talent.

    If we do this, we can effectively beat sites like Google etc…Recommend

  • Rehmat Ullah Kundi
    Sep 18, 2011 - 7:42PM

    People are not that much naive as you may think. People using Internet can separate fact from fiction.


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik threatens to block Google [In News head lines] Mr Rehman Malik, Do you know Pakistanis bring dollar to Pakistan using Google as source of income?. Do you know many well educated unemployed youth in Pakistan , for whom, you have failed to offer job opportunities, Google gives hope and opportunity to those unemployed Pakistani youth to earn money & helps to build career in digital marketing [SEO, internet marketing]? Do you know Google helps Pakistani individuals & companies to seal their adds across the world?? Do you know….? [ No you don’t know] Now let’s discuss about your favors to Pakistan Mr Rehmand Malik . You send money to UK instated of bring money to Pakistan. You run business in UK [Conclusion] The point is you have failed to give security to Pakistan, even though you have all powers in your hands. My question is do you think, if you stop Google in Pakistan, will you get rid of terrorist? I don’t think so, terrorist don’t use Google as their main source. You know it. Please stop unrealistic statements and poor threats. It will not help in saving PakistanRecommend

  • Mutee
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:04PM

    Yes, because terrorists are all high school kids with no internet knowledge other than Google and Facebook.


  • Hassan
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:41PM

    He is saying that we dont need vehicles as we have donkeys. We need to ban cell phones because we have post service.


  • Azhar
    Sep 18, 2011 - 10:44PM

    better ban the internet :P it will save a lot of hassle :PP@Rehman Malik:


  • Sep 18, 2011 - 11:11PM

    Mr Rehman Malik

    There is good & evil in all walks of life, why deny your people access to the internet for a minority that wishes to defy the law, your youth can gain so much knowledge to enhance their future & yours.
    Truth will always prevail & justice will be done.

    With Every Blessing.



  • Talha
    Sep 19, 2011 - 2:48AM

    Good, remember people that there wasn’t anything like Google and Youtube during the Islamic golden age.

    So we are going down the right path.

    Next, we must ban the TV and phone.


  • Sep 19, 2011 - 7:04AM

    Huh Hows this Idea, I think you have any other problem from Google, We Request don’t block any service of Google.


  • XP
    Sep 19, 2011 - 7:12AM

    Aadha Punjabi…..aadha Makrani
    Maza Awami…….kha Badaami


  • MS
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:10AM



  • dfd
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:42AM

    He want to send us in stone age again. Illiterate Parliament and Politicians. Come one block all informational webs,Dissolve HEC,Help Target Killers in Karachi.After all you have to destroy this country’s everything. Recommend

  • Sep 19, 2011 - 12:27PM

    Action without information! Blocking facebook was a silly decision. Now it this happens, Pakistan should say Bye Bye to Information Technology sector business in Pakistan.

    Credit will go to Pakistani authorities!


  • Naureen
    Sep 19, 2011 - 6:27PM

    I fully support Dr Rehman Malik. We are living in a country where we dont have railway, electricity, gas, diesel, health facilities. We dont deserve to have the luxuries of internet. Internet can be used as communication so it should be banned. And if possible we should also ban mobile and land line phones too. We should dump containers on all the major and minor roads of Pakistan so that terrorists couldnot move about freely. And if we remove the foodstuff from markets… just imagine how safe we will be as terrorists will die of hunger them self. Every sensible citizen will agree with me.


  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2011 - 9:54PM

    when your incompetent look for someone else to blame.Recommend

  • TRiz
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:05PM

    @NAUREEN: Naughty but nice :)


  • D'maagh
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:24PM

    I think this is a good move. It is through uncontrolled Western tools like Google and YouTube that the country is being gradually corrupted and turned away from Islam. This move will remind people what their true purpose in this life is and just a hint, it is not to surf Google or watch dirty picture and videos on YouTube.


  • abraham
    Sep 19, 2011 - 11:47PM

    BOB i think u not know twiter youtube very important it is very bad idea touch base


  • faisal
    Sep 20, 2011 - 12:00AM

    I guess nobody here has heard of a little thing called VPN! who cares if he blocks google / youtube / whatever. People who need to use a service will get access to it via these widely available VPN services to by-pass even the ISP proxies!


  • arshad
    Sep 20, 2011 - 2:15AM

    Mr. Rahman want to blackmail You Tube and Google so he can get some bribery or commission from these site. Think about it?


  • Ricky
    Sep 20, 2011 - 6:27AM

    Rubbish reason for blocking absolutely Absurd!Recommend

  • Zee
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:06PM

    Wah wah wah JIHALAT ki INTIHAAA! Wow will somebody ask him on camera if ‘Aqal badhi ya Bhains’ and prove once and for all that this guy needs to start school from Nursery, KG will not accept him!


  • furri
    Sep 22, 2011 - 4:04PM

    Such an absurd move malik sahibRecommend

  • Oct 3, 2011 - 12:00AM


    A better and much more targeted
    approach would be to implement Deep
    Packet Inspection.

    That would not be of any benefit whatsoever. You have to realize that his statements regarding anything tech or sci-fi are nothing but random blabbering of words he is able to recall.

    Deep packet inspection is mainly suited for, and is used to target bittorrent traffic. If they want to “monitor” what people are searching for or watching on youtube, they certainly don’t require any deep packet inspection. And any “terrorist” worth a dime who wants to use Internet to communicate would either use encryption or would not use Internet in the first place. And on that note, the recent ban on VPN by PTA seems more like a stupid short-sighted effort to stop VoIP services, the unfortunate target of legitimate uses of that for secure communications is something PTA or our government couldn’t care less about.


  • bang
    Oct 20, 2011 - 3:00AM

    now google is taking action against us for this , it is your responsibility rehman malik sahab , to banned google and youtube now .


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