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YouTube ban in Pakistan likely to be lifted in May

Islamabad, Apr. 22 (ANI): The ban on YouTube in Pakistan is likely to be lifted in the first week of May, as Google administration has approached the Ministry of Information Technology in a bid to permanently block the blasphemous content on the website, according to sources.

The video-sharing website was blocked by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority over a blasphemous movie that drew fury among the Muslims around the world. The decision to block the website was taken after YouTube denied to remove the anti-Islam film, reports The Nation.

Earlier, the Google administration owing to absence of necessary laws and agreements between Pakistan and US declined the request to remove the heinous matter from the website. This time, however, negotiations are said to be fruitful.

Sources in Ministry of Information Technology said that the 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.

During this videoconference between both sides, two proposals are likely to be placed by Pakistani authorities, sources added.

A software to permanently filter the sacrilegious content from the video sharing website -YouTube – would be uploaded under which blasphemous matter would not be shared on the site, said an official.

The Supreme Court had also directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to block blasphemous content on a social media website. The apex court issued the order after taking a suo motu notice of blasphemous content on the website. (ANI)