Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recommend that to inform the authority any viewable links of Anti-Islamic websites promptly and efficiently. The statement also referred to the directions by the Supreme Court for blocking the access of all anti-Islamic blasphemous videos on YouTube, including recently launched anti-Islamic film that has made protests across the Muslim world. Anti-Islam Film also blocked in Malaysia, Indonesia, Libya, Egypt and India
“By Monday evening, 934 websites carrying such a material have been blocked on Internet by PTA out of which over 650 URLs have been banned on YouTube. However, the surge of Anti-Islamic Video is massive, causing unrest in the country,”
Latest information received that YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan on orders of Prime Minister of Pakistan. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has reportedly directed Ministry of Information Technology to block the access of YouTube website in Pakistan.YouTube already banned in Afghanistan.
“Blasphemous content will not be accepted at any cost”,
Prime Minister was quoted as saying.
Internet Service Providers are in process of blocking YouTube and this will be completed in a while. Before this, Today Chief Justice of Pakistan had ordered PTA to make all copies of videos un-available to Pakistani internet users. However, due to fast replication of these videos on YouTube, the anti-Islam video was still available on the website.
“Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has proactively blocked and is vigorously preventing all access to the anti-Islamic video placed on the worldwide web via YouTube with the name of ‘Innocence of Muslims’
it said in a statement.
Pakistan’s government said the “abominable” production was designed to stoke inter-faith hatred around the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, while Afghan authorities condemned the film as “inhuman and insulting”.
The low-budget movie, entitled “Innocence of Muslims”, portrays followers of the faith as immoral and gratuitously violent.
The film has been promoted by controversial US pastor Terry Jones, who has drawn protests for previously burning the Quran and vehemently opposing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York.