The ban which was imposed by Pakistan on YouTube soon after the anti-Islamic video that led to riots in several Muslim countries and the Muslim world, was lifted after a long gap of 3 months on the 29th of this motnh. The news was just being publicized to the outside world by the twitter birds, when the Pakistan Government, after just three minutes of the lifting of the ban, imposed it back again.
The reason the Government stated was that the blasphemous content was still available on the website when the keyword were searched. Before, post several months of censure of the ban, the Government had decided to allow the citizens of Pakistan to have the access to the website content back again, stating that appropriate measures had been taken to ensure that the offensive content wouldn’t be visible to anyone. But the results gradually failed, making the authorities to backtrack their decision quickly. The Government had decided to ask all the telecommunication companies to block the internet content that was deemed as offensive to the Muslims and all links to the video. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out and the Government had to impose the ban once again. On a side note, the ban was seen as suppression by the growing number of complainants in Pakistan, estimated around 25 million users.
By Friday Evening, Rehman Malik, the interior minister of Pakistan, specified that the ban shall be lifted over the weekend. He added that the firewalls will be installed to block the pornographic and blasphemous content. The flip flop process adapted by the authority resulted in a flurry of jokes that were shared on Twitter about the dithering and backtracking approach by the Government. The editor of a popular magazine, Flare, criticized the decision taken by the government, stating that YouTube is being used by children for educational purposes and completing their assignments. He added that he was quite amused at the Government not being able to install a secure firewall, in-spite of having many months to do so.
Date: December 31, 2012