YouTube... By Col.(r) Riaz
21 January, 2013
What was that that access to the YouTube was restored by the Interior Minister but was clamped down after only a few hours by the PM on a reportedly telephone call from a journalist?! Could the IM and the PM be not on the same page before the order and the counter order? In any case for how long more do they intend to keep the YouTube out of the reach of the millions in Pakistan and deny them an immensely huge source of all kinds of academic and general knowledge badly needed by from an ordinary high school student to a post doctorate research scholar?! As far as the availability of some objectionable material on the YouTube is concerned, it has been there from the day one YouTube was aired and shall remain there till the last day of its presence on the net. It is for the individuals themselves to access such a material or not and any right thinking Muslim would simply not do so.
I would, therefore, earnestly request the govt. to lift the ban on YouTube and trust the nation for its mature conduct rather than yield to the extremists who find Islam being endangered even by a male doctor treating a female dying patient.
Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)