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Youtube also got banned in Pakistan following a ban on facebook

Following a ban on facebook, youtube is also banned in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has blocked the popular video sharing website YouTube in a bid to contain blasphemous material, officials said on Thursday.

The blockade came hours after the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) directed Internet service providers to stop access to social network Facebook indefinitely on Wednesday because of an online competition to draw the Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) in gross violation of fundamental human rights pertaining to one’s religion.

Wahaj-us-Siraj, the CEO of Nayatel, an Internet service provider, said PTA issued an order late on Wednesday seeking an “immediate” blockade of YouTube.

“It was a serious instruction as they wanted us to do it quickly and let them know after that,” he said while talking to a UK-based news agency.

YouTube was also blocked in the Muslim country in 2007 for about a year for what it called un-Islamic videos.

A PTA official, who declined to be identified, said the action was taken after the authority determined that some sacrilegious caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad were transferred from Facebook to YouTube.

Representation of any prophet is deemed un-Islamic and blasphemous in Islam, let alone the caricature or cartoon of these divine personages.

Siraj said the blocking of the two websites would cut up to 25 percent of total Internet traffic in Pakistan.

“It’ll have an impact on the overall Internet traffic as they eat up 20 to 25 percent of the country’s total 65 giga-bytes traffic,” he said.

Publications of similar cartoons in Danish newspapers in 2005 sparked deadly protests in Muslim countries. Around 50 people were killed during violent protests in Muslim countries in 2006 over the cartoons, five of them in Pakistan.

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Denmark’s embassy in Islamabad in 2008, killing six people, saying it was in revenge for publication of the caricatures.

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  • Zsupe May 20, 2010, 2:09 pm

    There is no guarantee that after May 31st these things will stop, they will continue posting such outrageous stuff. Pakistan, in fact, the whole Muslim world should express strong disapproval of such things and not just block sites.

  • Ridge Racing Racer May 21, 2010, 8:45 pm

    You can flag videos on youtube and take them offline. If there were enough Muslims on youtube, then we can give a video enough flags to take it offline. It would be better for us if we are a bit organized in flaging videos. A youtube channel can be setup, which passes on links to the Muslims to flag videos. Also that channel can inform and tell us to complain about mischievous users to the Youtube administrators. If they recieve enough complaints. They can ban such users.

    Going out on the streets and burning tires seems passionate. But the solution to the problem is already present in youtube for the time being.

  • Pakistani May 24, 2010, 12:18 am

    Just a point of view!!!

    Lets start it this way, there was a time in 2007 when a drama queen Chris Crocker launched a ridiculous video ‘Leave Britney alone’ on youtube, video was basically what they call it “an idea” for getting more traffic so that he can earn more money out of it by Google Adsense and you know what! it actually worked, he got 4 million views in just two days and of course huge amount of money too.

    Now lets talk about “Draw Muhammad Day”! What is it and how it began !?
    Episodes 200 and 201 of South Park (carton show), broadcasted it in early April 2010 was the beginning of it. After that there was some protest against it but it really didn’t change anything, matter of the fact is it actually gave an “idea” to webmasters that it could be our new “idea” to make huge amount of money! And then we heard of “Draw Muhammad Contest” on Internet everywhere.
    Now what we heard next is !!!!

    Ban on 3,4 websites from Pakistan gov,
    Here is my question “this is it!?”
    Now you might be thinking, why would I say so!

    Try to understand it this way, you are in your home and a guy is standing outside of your door, cursing you, calling you names, saying bad things about you in front of your neighbors.
    What will you do?
    a) Sit in your TV launch and tell your self that “he’s a lunatic, just forget him, I don’t have to fight”.
    b) Go outside and punch him in the face.  
    Now at this point, what Pakistani gov did is the act (a)!!!

    Here is another question (ask your self), Banning 3,4 sites really solved our problem?
    Answer is NO. Go to Google and search in images for this “Draw Mohammed” you’ll see a lot of pages filled with sketches! even if you search for ‘South Park episode 200’, you’ll find it on many watchonline websites. For example;http://www.watch-south-park-online.com/Watch_South_Park_Online_Season_14_Episode_5_200.html

    Now won’t you ask your selves “What is all this banning about then?”
    First of all understand one thing our politicians have no religion accept Money, they are liars, they alway come up with so called facts to settle you down [because they are political (politicians! remember!)]
    Now let me tell you why they exactly ban these few sites!
    According to ‘New World Order’, which was presented by USA in 1999, there was a new map of future World, in which Pakistan wasn’t on the map (does this ring a bell?)
    According to that map they said “Pakistan is a dangerous country and it needs to be vanished” and in this map they show that in 2013 Baluchistan and Serhad will be merged into Afghanistan and some part of it in Iran.
    Now look around you Serhad is on war and a major operation is about to begin in Baluchistan by our present gov, they are doing it on USA’s will. And the killing of Bugti in 2006 was the beginning of it in Pakistan.
    Now in these days when “Draw Muhammad Day” could become an anger for Pakistani people and it can push them to come on roads for the protest against “Draw Muhammad Day” against USA plans in Serhad & Baluchistan, it would be better to ban few sites just to show these Pakistanis that Pakistani gov, is not a complete puppet of USA. Pakistan gov, want to prove it to you that” At last we had done some thing which you people want!” But the matter of fact is gov, had tried to fool this nation again and they almost got succeeded.

    Now at this point there is still another interesting question left “Should we boycott the whole internet?”
    My answer would be NO, because “The End of The Internet” or “Internet 2” is already on there way which might took place in 2012.
    The real truth behind “Internet 2” is, a small internet network which could be easily monitor, a new internet network which will only let you go through few thousand websites. It has been created to stop the Freedom Of Speech. There will be like old times after Internet 2; like when we used to heard on PTV that only 20 persons has died in bombing but actually 200 were dead! There will be a war outside and you’ll not be able to figure out “whats really going on!!!???”

    Now lets talk about the real thing, “Protest against Draw Muhammed Day.”
    Problem can not be solved by banning few sites, instead of that actually all muslim leaders have to get together and then force Western powers to delete all links from servers which has been uploaded or even stop it from being uploaded.

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  • saima khan karak May 24, 2010, 11:20 am

    very good

  • vampire May 24, 2010, 8:10 pm

    pakistan done good work

  • faisal May 25, 2010, 7:03 am

    i proud of this desition

  • Fahad Khan May 26, 2010, 8:33 am

    Wawoooo. What a beauty. PakPoint.com is also on Facebook.

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