Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Saturday directed Internet service providers and information technology (IT) companies to immediately reopen Youtube, a video sharing website, across Pakistan.
According to sources, the video sharing website would be reopened within minutes in the country after the PTA direction.
Talking to media on Saturday, DG PTA assured that the access to the blasphemous material would be blocked in the country instead of the reopening of the website.
He further said that the talks were continuing with Google officials to remove the blasphemous content from the site.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has tweeted on Friday that after chairing a high-level meeting with all stakeholders on the YouTube, he has decided to unblock the video-sharing website.
“I chaired a high level meeting with all stakeholders on the YouTube. God job by PTA to block anti Islamic material! Pl expect YouTube unblocked in 24hrs,” he posted from his official Twitter account.
The site was blocked in Pakistan on September 17, 2012 by the Cabinet after the site refused to remove an anti-Islam video that sparked protests across the Muslim world.