PTA blocks 753 anti-Islam film YouTube links

Published: September 17, 2012
Move comes on SC's orders; DG PTA says almost 100 new clips of film are proliferated on YouTube every day. PHOTO: FILE

Move comes on SC's orders; DG PTA says almost 100 new clips of film are proliferated on YouTube every day. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Following the Supreme Court’s orders, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday blocked 753 links to a recently released anti-Islam film on YouTube that has sparked anti-US protests across the Muslim world, Express News reported.

The chief justice had directed PTA to take down all sacrilegious material that disrespects Islam or Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in any way and had directed the Director-General PTA to submit a report.

The DG PTA said that almost 100 new clips of the anti-Islam film are proliferated on YouTube every day.

He said that the PTA had written a letter to YouTube, requesting the removal of such clips, but the video-sharing website replied saying that it does not have any such agreement with the government of Pakistan.

Justice Chaudhry had directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (Pemra) to set up “standards of modesty” and submit a reply in this regard within two weeks.

The government earlier had claimed that the PTA and IT ministry had blocked 122 anti-Islamic websites during the past few days.

The authorities had also told the public that any blasphemous material that comes to their attention must be reported immediately to the PTA on 080055055 or emailed to

The government had clarified that it was not blocking popular websites YouTube and Facebook, only anti-Islamic material. It had added that obscene material shall be blocked on case to case basis.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Adnan S. Khan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Good move by the CJ… but when will he order to stop loadshedding?


  • A patriot
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:36AM

    good but the media should highlight this news so that people calm down to the peaceful protests they were doing before the mess that happened yesterday.


  • Sonya
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:40AM

    Justice and Politics. A cheap popularity seeking order by the Chief Justice –Recommend

  • S Khan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 11:43AM

    Well done C J is this your job ??? please provide justice to people who are treated like animals in lower courts


  • sgrr
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:01PM

    Basically people in Pakistan demands the freedom of expression. That’s why the PTA is trying to block only anti-islamic sites. But whether PTA has capability to do it as our neighbour China has created the Great Firewall of China which is trying to censsor and block the sites still there are software and websites which can make whole in this great wall and people are able to surf on the blocked sites. I have I myself recommended that PTA should try to block entire youtube and facebook site side by side it is our own responsibility to boycott these sites by not visiting these sites and lodge our complaint to the owners by sending emails to them. I myself has discontinued the use of facebook when FB has allowed the US terry jones site which it load while he was trying to put on fire our holybook. What is the responsibility being a Muslim, why we are supporting these sites by visiting on them regularly and then protesting on roads.


  • irfan
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:05PM

    hatts off to CJ sahib for doing this.


  • Sep 17, 2012 - 12:26PM

    CJ for President. Viva! Salams


  • sgrr
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:32PM

    How many Muslims have stopped US brands KFC and Mcdonald?


  • Mustafa Moiz
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:35PM

    This is the right decision. I’d never supported any other bans or protests, but in this case, this is the right reaction.


  • SaneVoice
    Sep 17, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Google must come forward to block the content and I think they have already blocked the content for India and Malaysia.


  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:05PM

    not done yet?


  • Sabah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 1:37PM

    Good job indeed. However, the article made me check youtube and sadly instead of the 13 min trailer I came across a link which has the complete 74 min movie!


  • Sep 17, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Out of curiosity, may I ask who (among us Muslims) will search for the film we know is made against us? Why do SC and PTA (and the govt) has to direct resources on actions which we, Pakistanis, can manage sitting at home. For example, here the move is aimed at us not being able to access the film clips. Even if they are accessible, would be like to watch?


  • Zahoor
    Sep 17, 2012 - 2:31PM

    PTA blocked all those links in Pakistan, i could not get it. Do people in Pakistan want to watch this movie? therefore PTA blocked them.


  • Abdullah Shah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 2:35PM

    PTA should Block the Entire Youtube in Pakistan


  • UHS
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:12PM

    I hope you’ve reported it to PTA before commenting here.


  • KB
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:13PM

    Agreement with Government of Pakistan; Can we please ban YouTube entirely, have no agreement with YouTube to give them business – I am great fan of YouTube but this reply is definitely double standards


  • sgrr
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:24PM

    When we ourself could not stop ourselves to search the site and see the movie than why to blame the youtube or Facebook. We need to boycatt all US brands indeed quietly, they will suffer itself.


  • sajjad ahmed
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:26PM

    It is nice to block the material. but this is not a solution of continuous attacks on holy prophet(SaW). Do all islamic countries with more than a billion population has no legal moral way to solve the issue permanently .Is the world is left with no morality to save billions from hurting like this? is freedom of expression means is to say what u like no mater you abuse other or hurt them. is putting our own assets on fire and chantting slogans is the only solution we have?


  • Daud Ahmed
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:31PM

    PTA is lying. Links are still available. They don’t have capability to do so.


  • A2Z
    Sep 17, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Ohhh now this blockage of 753 films will throw some people into the stone age

    @SaneVoice Google owns youtube and that particular video is on the top. It has been reported lot of times but still they are not removing it.


  • sgrr
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:01PM

    PTA is not lying. Basically no one in Pakistan has the capability to stop access to these sites.


  • Zalim Singh
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:07PM

    they are still live.


  • Khawaja Faraz
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:27PM

    Yes the original posted by Sam Bacile and the reposted ones are still alive at this time 4:22 PM 17th September 2012


  • Anonymous
    Sep 17, 2012 - 4:28PM

    But Alas till friday there were only 2.4 million Viewers now the score is crossed to 3.8 Million since it was published (2Months)Recommend

  • shahid
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:02PM

    @ Sonya

    whats wrong with the people like u. what u have do in this regards?


  • Mango People
    Sep 17, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Nothing will happened by banning film here… Correct my if I am wrong…


  • Obaidullah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Till the Anti-Islam film’s creator is not hanged, No American consulate can run in Pak : Hafiz Saeed
    Hafiz saeed is the reason why islam is hated aroud the western world. Why people have to decide the fate of the producer of the film. Allah will punish him.


  • Obaidullah
    Sep 17, 2012 - 7:32PM

    If your belief in Allah is strong enough no such films or books can affect your faith. I know such films are hurtful but what is the point in using violence to stop such acts of blasphemy. By using violence as a tool you people have only cemented the western belief that Islam is a non tolerant religion.


  • T4U
    Sep 17, 2012 - 8:30PM

    we are not going to let anyone beat us in ignorance, we will take ourselves to dark ages to show the west that we dont like them


  • Fraz
    Sep 17, 2012 - 9:17PM

    What have we come to?
    We have made a fool out of ourselves before and now again. We have no freedom of speech that’s why we’re a 3rd world country. Will blocking Youtube help in stopping the spread of this video? NO! Everyday 100 more clips are uploaded on Youtube and a lot more on other sites. The government has no right to block anything.

    Is our belief so weak that a video will make us come to this?
    Killing 3 Americans in Libya… Who were they i ask? They were people working with the government and trying to help them. They were not EVEN REMOTELY related to the video. Why were they killed? What was their fault? Don’t they have families and loved ones?

    Wasn’t Islam a Religion of peace? Where is our patience? What are we turning into?

    The same religion that people accepted because of what it taught is now being criticised everywhere because of us. Good work ruining the image of Islam people!Recommend

  • LionOfPunjab
    Sep 18, 2012 - 12:26AM

    Why would a muslim want to “search” and view a video deemed offensive to the Prophet(PBUH)? Isn’t it like mullahs watching Veena Malik’s nude pictures and then shouting how shameless is Veena?
    No need to block any sites, just block yourself!


  • Fakir Ali Jamali
    Sep 18, 2012 - 8:07AM

    If your belief in Allah is strong enough no such films or books can affect your faith. I know such films are hurtful but what is the point in using violence to stop such acts of blasphemy. By using violence as a tool you people have only cemented the western belief that Islam is a non tolerant religion.Recommend

  • Ad.
    Sep 18, 2012 - 1:59PM


    KFC, McDonald and Pizzahut are now Pakistan owned companies


  • NPK
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:28AM

    unite together.WE Muslims should think alike.WE are one body.They know that very well, that is why they are doing it ppl..


  • Reeba
    Sep 19, 2012 - 1:30AM

    Kudos to Indian muslims who showed restrainst and ignored the actions of a crazy film maker. Even though there were a few protests, majority ignored it. Hope muslims in other countries will learn from Indian muslims.


  • Sep 25, 2012 - 5:13PM

    plz risrtict bad movie on website about our beloved and most honored profit peace be upon him.


  • sgrr
    Sep 25, 2012 - 11:04PM

    Could you please tell the audience the names of owners and their stake in the business as well as how much royalty they are paying to brand owners?


  • Afzal
    Sep 26, 2012 - 11:58AM

    It is very sad to mention that the utube is still working in Pakistan. If u don’t believe then tr this:

    shame on PTA they have very unqualified staff. They only blocked the http protocol and leave the https.


  • sgrr
    Sep 26, 2012 - 1:39PM


    Kindly see my very initial remarks on this.


  • muhammad awais
    Oct 24, 2012 - 10:53AM

    plzzz open youtube plzzzz eid par youtube open kar day ya phir koi our site bata dayRecommend

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