Islamabad: Five months after YouTube was banned in Pakistan for hosting clips from a controversial anti-Islam film, authorities have said there are no plans to remove restrictions on the popular video-sharing website in the immediate future. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority informed a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology on Wednesday that the government has no intention of unblocking YouTube.
YouTube was blocked in mid-September in 2012 on the orders of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for hosting clips from "Innocence Of Muslims", a video deemed offensive to Islam. The government acted after violent protests against the film erupted across the country.
The parliamentary panel was informed that the Interior Ministry sent two letters to the IT Ministry last year to provisionally remove the block on YouTube. The letters also asked the Information Technology Ministry to remain vigilant by deputing more personnel to monitor sites like YouTube and Facebook for blasphemous or offensive videos.