Pakistan's Rehman Malik vows to unblock YouTube in 'coming hours'

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 05:55 hrs

London: Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that he will restore access to video-sharing website Youtube in the coming hours.

"There was a great demand to unblock YouTube... expect the notification today!" Malik tweeted.

The site has been blocked to users in Pakistan since September when excerpts from an anti-Islamic film were posted, sparking protests across the world.

According to the BBC, Pakistan blocked Youtube in 2008 and 2010 because of sacrilegious content.

It reimposed a ban on the site on 17 September following days of protests around the world after a translated version of an amateur film attacking the Prophet Mohammed was posted on an Egyptian website, the report said.

Pakistan had reportedly asked Youtube and its parent company, Google, to block access to the video.

According to the report, Malik also tweeted that 'Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is finalising negotiations for acquiring a powerful firewall software to totally block pornographic and blasphemous material'.

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