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YouTube ban in Pakistan: Senate Standing Committee seeks legislation to lift ban

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee for Information Technology spoke out on Monday for lifting the ban on video-sharing website -YouTube- in Pakistan

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Committee lead by Senator Shahi Syed discussed the ban inflicted on the site in Pakistan back in September 2012. Subsequently, the recommendation to lift the ban was put forward.

IT Ministry officials informed the committee that the website faced ban on directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and could only be lifted when SC orders, upon which the committee members expressed their consensus saying it needed a relevant legislation to remove the ban.

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Ministry officials told the committee that there was no way to erase the objectionable content from the site and the only solution was to develop a local version of the website, for which discussions were being made with YouTube’s parent company, Google Inc.

Meanwhile, YouTube, one of the most celebrated video-sharing website was banned in Pakistan in September 2012 in the wake of its not removing the blasphemous movie that caused furious protests to demonstrate against it.

The SC ruled at the time that the website company should be blocked until a way was discovered to block all blasphemous content.

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