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YouTube Banned in Pakistan? Unblock YouTube

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.

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.

4. UltraSurf

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.

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  • Joel February 23, 2008, 5:37 am

    I guess mobile version of these sites use different IP and they didnt block it…Usually proxy is a cat and mouse chase…you find a new proxy and they block it next day…so I hope it gets permanently resolved soon.

  • Zahid February 23, 2008, 1:10 pm

    This ban will be soon lifted, it is just temporary until someone decides how to deal with the problem. Problem is, there is no problem.!

  • Dj Flush February 23, 2008, 1:15 pm

    Trust me on this one! In Pakistan they do not have the time and energy to block all the YouTube proxy sites. I bet! even banning YouTube itself would have been a great challenge for them so I think we are lucky in that case.

    • King Always Alive May 25, 2010, 2:03 am

      You wanna bet? come to join me. and one thing more never under estimate Pakistan or Pakistanies. phaar k hath main de dain ge

    • Pakistan Zindabad September 25, 2012, 5:10 pm

      Dude! We Pakistanis are far better than you all! Shut up! We stand up for our country and always will! THIS IS THE BEST COUNTRY EVER!!!!!!!

  • Waqar February 24, 2008, 12:27 am

    I have tried http://vtunnel.com/ and i was able to open youtube.com through this proxy server. Though you cannot use the full features of website but still you can watch videos.

  • Ravmon February 24, 2008, 4:53 pm

    Well I know the lightest proxy client called UltraSurf which can be downloaded from this direct link:
    UltraSurf (Size only 130KB)

  • Ravmon February 24, 2008, 4:56 pm

    Try the above client, it can bypass every firewall and blockage that you may encounter with. The use is simple. Just download and Run it. It will automatically open Internet Explorer. and then whatever you type in the address bar will be surely available for you.

  • Waqar February 24, 2008, 6:59 pm

    Thanks guys. Good work!

  • Mobiles Range February 24, 2008, 9:58 pm

    Well I think YouTube broadcasted the sculptures of Holy Prophet thats why its banned in Pakistan. We guys should not try to unblock it as a good Muslims and instead of unblocking we should protest by stop using YouTube.

  • Yunus Yesilmen February 25, 2008, 1:54 am

    It is no problem. Youtube is banned every week in Turkey. Later ban removed, last week banned, last week again ban removed :)

  • Waqar February 25, 2008, 7:33 am

    Not they are just trying to make it look like Holy Prophet issue, the original thing is about govt and past elections. MQM got the big lead in karachi, and someone uploaded the evidence videos on Youtube.com about how they cheated. They also show this on GEO TV.

    • RANA BASIT KHAN May 20, 2010, 1:33 pm

      facbook+youtube has been blocked in pakistan due to violation of terms of muslims nothing else….

  • Fawad February 25, 2008, 10:39 am

    I accept Youtube or any other site ban as long it does not hurt our religious values, freedom of speech does not mean that one could exploit religious affairs. Instead of blaming PTCL, look at your own acts/deeds etc. We as Muslims should stand hand in hand with each other.

    • Razza October 5, 2012, 7:15 pm

      But we should not let that massege go unanswered. It is good to answer them instead of running away by blocking youtube.

  • Max February 25, 2008, 1:34 pm

    Hey you know any proxy where the upload feature is not blocked?

  • Dj Flush February 25, 2008, 1:47 pm

    @Waqar

    I agree with you. They always do this, whenever they have to hide political reasons they put religion in the front.

    @Fawad and Mobiles Range

    If you are so religious and over-good Muslims, why don’t you ask the Government to block all the adult sites that are ruining your youth and culture?

    @Max

    Try doing it through your mobile if you have one.

  • Meep February 25, 2008, 1:51 pm

    Hi guys, http://pakistanyoutube.com works well to unblock Youtube, just enter Youtube.com into the box and click surf.

    It is fast most of the time and free!

  • Waqar February 25, 2008, 1:56 pm

    @ Dj Flush
    Good point, agree with that.

    @ All
    If china can order Google.com to block all their result which contain any adult material on Google China (www.google.cn), then why not our govt do so?

    Holy Prophet issue is kinda old, there is no way it can come up again like this. Those videos where there for over 2 years now, how come they didn’t see them before?

    There is something political going on behind that. Believe it or not.

  • Ajay May 23, 2008, 11:07 am

    Ok heres a proxy i access in college for accessing YouTube

    – New Domain – https://unblock-youtube-proxy.info
    OR
    http://unblock-youtube-proxy.info:1234

  • Mr.Proxy January 15, 2009, 12:12 am

    All these proxies will be soon blocked by admins :D

  • Saquib March 8, 2009, 8:54 pm

    Youtube is blocked in Bangladesh as well now. I tried using vtunnel and a lot of other open proxy sites but i can’t seem to be able to watch the videos and javascript doesn’t work either, though i can surf throughout everything else on youtube. Any solutions?

    • chris April 14, 2009, 8:31 pm

      same here dude. its blocked in CHina and i tried using vtunnel. i cant watch any videos and javascript refuses to download. i cant even check my messages or even make comments or messages. its as good as not even being able to go on youtube at all.

  • bj September 25, 2009, 4:50 pm

    ive tried all proxies and none of them work. what do i do

  • Ajith October 31, 2009, 7:40 pm

    Hello,

    I work as a system level programmer in Dubai , and pagemod proxies were the only ones which got through the Etisalat Filter.
    I have tried all sorts of proxy servers like TOR etc but all get pretty slow and inaccessible moreover pagemod has support
    for myspace bebo facebook orkut and video sites as well.
    Even tough web proxies like pagemod proxies gets blocked eventually I get new ones just by sending a mail to
    pagemod@gmail.com or by subscribing to their services.
    Presently their new ones are:

    https://mapreference.info or
    mapreference.info

    Aj

  • Zeshan February 7, 2010, 4:20 pm

    This is so bad!! i cant believe that these morons did somethin like this!
    How can u ban a whole website just because of one damn video ?
    There are so many other websites on the net that deserved to get banned e.g. Porn sites but c'mon Youtube. Pakistan sux >:(

    • Gulraiz May 20, 2010, 6:17 pm

      U of a gun U r saying that ban on u tube is wrong. u cant be a Muslim. if u are in front of mine i will fuck u u fool. great work Pakistani government

    • ayazirfan May 23, 2010, 11:20 pm

      mind ur lang pakistan iz ur country and u r abusing it u moron bastard

    • Ali September 18, 2012, 12:09 pm

      you are absolutely right fuck pakistan

    • am80 September 19, 2012, 6:47 pm

      hay fuck you!! dont abuse my country, teri maan aor family sab idhar he rehty hain. if you hate something hate pornography, hate something damaging our cultural and Islamic values. agar dobara mery watan ko gaali di to teri zubaan gadi sy khench kar tery hath par rakh doon ga!!!!!!

  • Zeshan February 7, 2010, 9:20 pm

    This is so bad!! i cant believe that these morons did somethin like this!
    How can u ban a whole website just because of one damn video ?
    There are so many other websites on the net that deserved to get banned e.g. Porn sites but c'mon Youtube. Pakistan sux >:(

  • Shahmir May 20, 2010, 1:02 pm

    To all the 20th and 19th and 18th and 17th and 1st century OLD FARTS who think this was a smart decision.
    I love it how stupid people can get? :)

    You all are pathetic and immature.
    So is our government for thinking that they can control the internet.
    I do NOT at all support those anti-islamic fan pages and groups on Facebook.
    But FOR FUCKING HELL you BASTARDS! YOU CAN'T JUST GO BANNING WEBSITES FOR 'FEAR' OF SOMETHING RACIST HAPPENING.
    Youtube has soooo many videos that are ANTI-ISLAMIC, ANTI-CHRISTIAN, ANTI-JEWISH, ANTI-HINDU. YOU LITTLE BABIES HAVE TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE LIVING IN THE CYBER AGE.
    YOU OLD FUCKS DON'T GET ANYTHING.
    GO TO HELL.
    You're all stupid and will never understand today's world.
    OUR COUNTRY IS FAILING BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU ALL.

    Long live those who will spread Islam, and spread it PEACEFULLY and INTELLIGENTLY.
    Long live those who know that the internet can help us encourage others and make others realize that muslims aren't stupid. That muslims aren't stuck in prehistoric times.

    BUT APPARENTLY YOU ALL ARE SHOWING THE WORLD THAT WE DO LIVE IN PREHISTORIC TIMES.
    WHY DON'T YOU ALL GO FUCKING RIOT AND HOPE THAT THE INTERNET IS BANNED YOU ILLITERATE FAGGOTS.

  • D.NA May 20, 2010, 1:37 pm

    if some site are banned in pakistan they are banned for a cause … dont fu**in tell every body the alternate ways to access these site !

  • recadosparaorkut May 20, 2010, 3:05 pm

    i wish PTA order to ban these sites from routers, so the nearby traffic will also be blocked. massive damage will be caused to these companies.

  • sikandar May 20, 2010, 4:00 pm

    thanks they are working

  • Gulraiz May 20, 2010, 6:18 pm

    well done PAKISTAN

  • D.NA May 20, 2010, 6:20 pm

    why i my comment deleted ? DONT FUCKIN TELL EVERY BODY THE ALTERNATE WAY … it is banned for a cause man … give it a look !

  • D.NA May 20, 2010, 6:27 pm

    arent you a MUSLIM ?? you have no right to claim that you are one … this is fuck shit what you are doing … trying to be some kindda fuckin computer gen … ASSO !

  • Moazzam Ali May 20, 2010, 8:18 pm

    man nthmg works

    • Danish May 22, 2010, 11:23 pm

      blocking facebook is understandable and was the right step but blocking youtube is like Pakistani govenment is trying to hide their own filthy blunders which is why they have blocked youtube in the shadow of islam, they could have blocked all those links snippets which says (cartoons, drawing, facebook) and if we are true muslims then it is our responsibility that we must not view those links which have the blasphemous content and as the world has became global village there is no point to block sites like youtube which is the main source of getting the instant news anytime and anywhere, if pakistani government is trying to limit us to PTV then its a shame on PPP and zardari as they are more in the destruction of this country than development and the day is near when they will cut off this country with the sevices of internet, you tube has helped me out in my assignments, studdies, entertainment, office work, technical help in my office work. SHAME ON PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT

      • Imran May 23, 2010, 1:58 am

        agreed

  • Anonymous May 21, 2010, 2:00 am

    facebook could stil b smth v wud b n d favor ov bannin n all… buh YouTube.. wuz the freakin POint!? d ppl hu aint clean in their mentality can gov. eva stop em frm seein stuf they aint supposed to?? WHACKOS!! i bet they wnt hav eva filtered their bloody brains b4 even openin yt… YOUTUBE ban iz Pointless and meanin less as long as they don hv a solid rzn!

  • Prince May 21, 2010, 2:02 am

    Pakistani government is just trying to get a high hand on BBC News…
    Banning Facebook and Youtube in Pakistan means banning Pakistan from the whole world.
    Illiteracy rate is already so high in this damn country!
    Blocking the sites like Facebook and Youtube will make a huge add into the illiteracy of this nation which is governed by highly illiterate faculty!

  • Aqib Awan May 21, 2010, 2:34 am

    facebook+youtube blocked well don Pakistan.humien koe zaroorat nahi ha aisi sites ki jo humare islam ko bora bhala kahien.aur koe ho na ho main pakistan k sath hoon.

  • Salman May 21, 2010, 8:08 am

    Yes agreed…Govt. wants to use Holy Prophet issue and they want Youtube to negotiate with them regarding the anti-govt material shown on the tube

  • Reemz May 21, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Can you sign into it? I need to have a word with my youtube viewers! :(

  • Reemz May 21, 2010, 12:48 pm

    Yes but now we are cut off from the world! Atleast with YT we could have done something! It is a broadcasting network! We could have done something on it! Rather than blocking it!

  • Ramy May 21, 2010, 12:52 pm

    Yeah about that Pakistan Youtube, it is one of the most pathetic websites! :/ What the hell? Pakistani Larkian? Are you going there to watch girls? Well that is USELESS!

  • solomon May 21, 2010, 1:34 pm

    yar bhai kya hoa ap pagel ho jis ne ap ke islam ko begara hai kya pata ho ke vo bhi muslim ho

  • Hydrid Lava May 21, 2010, 3:36 pm

    You guys are not understanding… this is our decision as Nation Mostly we don't want to open these websites. and this is message from 19.9999999 Million users.

  • Ahsan May 21, 2010, 6:27 pm

    these sites must be blocked all over the world

  • Danish Ahmed May 21, 2010, 7:22 pm

    stop being losers guys, blocking facebook is understandable and was the right step but blocking youtube is like Pakistani govenment is trying to hide their own filthy blunders which is why they have blocked youtube in the shadow of islam, they could have blocked all those links snippets which says (cartoons, drawing, facebook) and if we are true muslims then it is our responsibility that we must not view those links which have the blasphemous content and as the world has became global village there is no point to block sites like youtube which is the main source of getting the instant news anytime and anywhere, if pakistani government is trying to limit us to PTV then its a shame on PPP and zardari as they are more in the destruction of this country than development and the day is near when they will cut off this country with the sevices of internet, you tube has helped me out in my assignments, studdies, entertainment, office work, technical help in my office work. SHAME ON PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT

  • Type R May 22, 2010, 1:14 am

    noppp! thebaan has not yet been lifted its still on and youtube cant be opened!
    thats no way !instead off taking up the voice against the people who are doing this crap the govt has banned one whole info source n there's no way to open it o guess.altohugh facebook is rightly banned!

  • meena May 22, 2010, 1:33 am

    im toatlly with goverment on this thing
    they did right thing
    i mean youtube shouldnt show this much racism
    when ppl reports that videos they should delete it rather then ignoring it
    facebook did worst thing
    we should be unite and support our goverment
    we have to give a huge financial crisis to these sites
    so they will know they ignore our rights

  • PAKISTANI PAKA PAKA MUSLIM May 22, 2010, 8:42 am

    VERY VERY NICE STEP BY ISLAMIC MUSLIM GOVT OF PAKISTAN TO BAN THIS YOUTUBE SITE <WE R ALL PAKISTANIES AND R ALL TRUE MUSLIMS SO WE MUST BAN TOTAL NET IN THIS NATION AS WELL AND BAN COMPUTERS AS WELL,I LOVE ZARDARI AND GOVT OF PAKISTAN < WE R MUSLIM AND WE SHOULD NOT SEE HARAM THAT IS TV OR COMPUTER 99 PERCENT OF PAKISTANI MUSLIMS DO NEVER WATCH TV OR COMPUTER NEVER

  • jaME May 22, 2010, 11:34 am

    your a fucking loser m8… pakistan users are happy youtube is block dumb ASSS HOLEEEE

  • BLA May 22, 2010, 8:19 pm

    pakistani fucker showing them self true muslim idiot look around u all politcal party r thief n robber we should ban them MQM mother fucer ALTAF(LOOK LIKE PIG) govt should ban his speech but they banned facebook and youtube to show them self true muslim look at all pakistan everything happening unislamic muslim world should BAN PAKISTAN(COUNTRY OF IDIOTS)

  • Qaisar Khan May 25, 2010, 5:10 pm

    This Saad Hamid is truly just another son of a bitch who showed the unblocking techniques on such an open scale. due to which PTA has also banned all the above mentioned ways of unblocking. especially the hotspot shield. which i used. Fuck you Saad! come suck my dick.

  • warisa October 11, 2012, 3:55 pm

    all these proxy are fake it can not work properly…

  • Yaqub Khan October 11, 2012, 10:12 pm

    hotspot shield works very well but i have no key to register ,so what shall i do plz help me
    yaqubkhan29@gmail.com

  • vbhio October 24, 2012, 5:26 am

    who those not respect others religons, must be punished
    thats not a persons heart,
    thats attack on humunation
    fusk israeles and basterd americans and all they want terior……

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