Pakistan briefly unblocks YouTube
30 December, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan briefly unblocked access to the popular video sharing website YouTube on Saturday before Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf ordered the plug be pulled again.
Raja had blocked the website in September after it refused to heed the government's call to remove an anti-Islam video, and earlier on Saturday the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) notified all Internet companies to "immediately unblock/restore" until further orders were given.
But hours later Raja, after officials had said measures were being taken to filter out blasphemous material and pornography, ordered PTA to cut access.
"The prime minister has issued orders to block YouTube again," a senior official in Ashraf's office.