In the recent YouTube saga in Pakistan there have been certain developments which can be classified as either funny or as a serious miscommunication by the government.
I chaird a high level mting w/all stakeholders on the Utube.Gud job by PTA 2 block anti iIslamic material!Pl xpect Utube unblocked in 24hrs.
Earlier, the Interior Minister announced through a tweet that he chaired a high-level meeting in Islamabad on the issue of unblocking YouTube in Pakistan with all stakeholders (PTA and Google) and a directive was passed to unblock YouTube while deploying a ‘powerful firewall software’ to block access to URLs containing inappropriate or blasphemous content.
گستاخانہ فلم کے مواد کی موجودگی؛وزیر اعظم کایو ٹیوب دوبارہ بند کرنے کا حکم
In afternoon today, the ban was lifted and YouTube was accessible through all major ISPs. However, that lasted for only a mere 4 hours before the Prime Minister intervened the situation, dissing the Interior Minister’s directive, and instead re-issued a directive to ban YouTube again for presence of blasphemous content (which is absurd and makes everyone think how stupid the government is). Hearing from of our sources from within the ministry it is believed that the government is trying to resolve the issue around the ban and once the issue is settled, it will be unblocked again although there is no expected date or time.
Again, YouTube is now inaccessible and blocked on all major ISPs and there is no word from the government when it will be unblocked for good. Below you will find a couple of tools that can you circumvent the ban and access YouTube again.
Meanwhile, keep checking Is YouTube blocked in Pakistan? to know the status of the ban, we will keep updating as the story progresses.