ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday blocked access to an anti-Islam film.
“PTA has proactively blocked and vigorously preventing all access to anti-Islamic video placed on worldwide web via YouTube, it said in a statement.
It said “the authority is in close liaison with all the service providers for immediate blocking of the provocative video”, adding that “proactive monitoring and blocking is being done, round the clock”.
The PTA, which is the main regulatory authority, is mandated to block blasphemous and pornographic websites.
“Websites which contain offensive, objectionable and obnoxious material are blocked on the direction of the government as per mandated protocols,” said the statement.
A spokesman for the Internet Service Providers Association of Pakistan, Wahaj us Siraj, told AFP that the ISPs have blocked all the URLs with the film.
“We have fully implemented orders of the PTA and will make sure that the film is not accessible to anyone in Pakistan,” Siraj added.
The Afghan government earlier ordered an indefinite ban on the entire YouTube video sharing site to prevent access to the film made in the United States.