Websites blocked in Pakistan
This is a list of websites blocked in Pakistan. Every country has its own restrictions on the Internet. In Pakistan, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is a government body that is responsible for controlling and maintaining all the communication technologies in the country including Internet. PTA, jointly with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the direction of the government, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT), blocks URLs, domain names, and IP addresses of websites and webpages containing child pornography, advocacy of drug abuse and drug production instructions, suicide advocacy or any information on suicide methods, blasphemy, or any information which have been prohibited for distribution in Pakistan by court decision.
On 22 February 2008, PTA attempted to block regional access to YouTube following a government order. The attempt inadvertently caused a worldwide YouTube blackout that took 20 hours to correct. Four days later, PTA lifted the ban after YouTube removed controversial religious comments made by a Dutch Member of Parliament concerning Islam. In May 2010, the PTA ordered ISPs to block Facebook, YouTube, and certain Flickr and Wikipedia pages after a Facebook page entitled “Post Drawings of the Prophet Mohammad Day” was created. The ban was ordered as a result of the Islamic Lawyers Association’s request for a court injunction to ban Facebook, while the other websites were later banned because of “objectionable material”.
In September 2012, some religiously disturbing videos were posted on YouTube. In response, the Muslim people protested against it and YouTube was requested by the government to remove those videos, but YouTube refused to do so, and, as a result, YouTube was banned and blocked again in the entire country and is still blocked. After a few months some religious people began protesting against the adult and sexual contents on the Internet. At first the government tried to settle them down but the protests grew heavier all over Pakistan especially among the young college and university students. Because of that, PTA again implemented a web filtering system, developed in China, all over Pakistan's Internet architecture and many websites were blocked even filtering the search results from the search engines.
Blocked by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority
|Site name||Domain or URL||Type of site||Reason||Blocked by||Start date||Resolution date|
|YouTube||http://||Video hosting service||Blasphemous material||PTA||25 February 2008||26 February 2008|
|Facebook||Social networking service||Blasphemous material||PTA||1 May 2010||1 May 2010|
|YouTube||http://youtube.com||Video hosting service||Blasphemous material||PTA||1 May 2010||1 May 2010|
|Flickr||http://flickr.com (partial block)||Social networking service||Blasphemous material||PTA||1 May 2010||1 May 2010|
|Wikipedia||http://en.wikipedia.org (partial block)||Multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia||Blasphemous material||PTA||1 May 2010||1 May 2010|
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