Pakistani govt. issues orders to reopen YouTube

2012-12-29 11:28:40 GMT2012-12-29 19:28:40(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani government Saturday decided to reopen video sharing website YouTube after a three- month blockage, a local official said.

The site had been blocked by the government on September 17, when mass riots erupted in the country, following the uploading of the video clips from a U.S. director's sacrilegious film.

Farooq Awan, Director General Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) told local media that all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and IT companies have been directed to unblock YouTube within 24 hours.

He said that discussion is underway with Google for the removal of blasphemous content from Youtube.

Earlier on Friday night, the country's Interior Minister Rehman Malik wrote at a social networking website that YouTube would be restored on Saturday because of the huge public demand.

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