Senate's committee accepts resolution for lifting ban on YouTube

PTA believes ban not useful, people can access material

ISLAMABAD – Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights – headed by Senator Afrasiab Khattak – accepted a resolution on Monday regarding the removal of a ban on YouTube, a popular video-sharing website.

During the meeting, the resolution was accepted as the issue was raised by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, who stated that even countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates have not banned the YouTube.

YouTube was blocked across Pakistan on September 17, 2012 following the directions of the Inter-ministerial Committee after the website did not remove trailer of an anti-Islam film.

Senator Khattak said that even head of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) believes that the ban was not useful and it was still possible for people to access the material which had lead to the ban of the video-sharing website.

The resolution will also be presented during the Senate session in the evening.

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