YouTube to make a comeback after Eid

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The ban on YouTube may be lifted after Eidul Fitr, according to a media report on Friday.

The report quoted Federal Minister for Science and Technology Anusha Rehman who said a committee would be convened soon to review the possibility of removing blasphemous content from the website.

Rehman said the government wanted to lift the ban on YouTube and steps were being taken in this respect. She added that all relevant stakeholders would be kept in the loop regarding the matter.

The Pakistani government blocked access to the video sharing site YouTube on September 17, 2012 after the website refused to filter sacrilegious content in Pakistan.

Prior to this, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), acting on orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, blocked links leading to blasphemous videos. However, the PTA’s attempts were nullified as various videos were uploaded.

The government also requested Google to block access to the clips in Pakistan but the internet giant did not entertain the request saying it did not have localised services in the country to allow location-based blocking.

The government finally imposed a complete block on YouTube on September 17.

Besides Pakistan, countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sudan and Iran have also blocked YouTube for not removing anti-Islam videos.