The most breaking yet shocking news for all of the Pakistani Internet users is that YouTube has been banned in Pakistan. This came to me when I was about to open and watch a YouTube video on Firefox but instead it kept returning me the “server not responding” message after many failed attempts. Later it was confirmed by Shafiq on his blog.
This is not the first time that something like this has happened in Pakistan. Last time Blogger.com was blocked as some of the blogs on Blogger were targeting the religious and cultural values of Muslims however this time the matter is related to politics.
I will try my best not to go into the details rather I will teach you some ways to Unblock and Access YouTube. This is not only helpful for Pakistani users but for users of all the regions where YouTube is blocked.
1. Proxy Site
vTunnel is one of the best proxy site used world-wide to unblock and access YouTube. Here are some of the other proxies that will let you access YouTube as well.
- Pakistan YouTube
- YouTube Proxy
- How To Unblock YouTube
- Unblock YouTube
- Fast Proxys
- YouTube Unblock
- Cool YouTube Proxy
- Watch YouTube
- Surf YouTube
- YouTube Virtual Server
2. URL-to-Hex Converter
This trick does not work all the time and it is browser dependent but its still worth a try. It will teach you how to unblock and access YouTube without using a proxy.
3. Fresh Proxy Servers
I also have a full guide on how to bypass ISP firewall using Proxy servers which can be of great benefit.
UltraSurf is one of the most light proxy clients that is very small in size and easy to use. Originally shared by a user in the comments.
5. HotSpot Shield
HotSpot Shield make a virtual private network (VPN) across your Internet thus allowing you to bypass any filters and watch YouTube video.
6. YouTube on Mobile device
Weird! but true. I tried to access YouTube on my Nokia N95 and iPod Touch and it was working fine. You can try accessing YouTube on your mobile device.
Please share more walkthroughs and tricks in the comments. Thanks!
Update: The ban has been officially lifted. YouTube.com is no longer banned in Pakistan.