Pak blocks You tube access to controversial film

Action was taken to block every Internet link that features the offensive video,say officials.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published: September 14, 2012 10:06 am

Pakistani authorities blocked access to a clip of an anti-Islam movie that has triggered protests across the Muslim world even as hardline groups like the Jamaat-ud-Dawah announced plans to organise demonstrations against it.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked pages on YouTube and other video sharing websites that had a clip from the controversial movie.

PTA officials said they had been directed by the Information Technology Ministry this afternoon to block the video.

Action was taken to block every Internet link that features the offensive video,the officials said.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority had been directed to ban the anti-Islam movie’s trailer across the country.

No one would be allowed to project such hate content against the Prophet,he said outside parliament.

Despite the action taken by the government and a condemnation issued by the Foreign Ministry,hardline groups like the JuD said they would organise protests against the film after Friday prayers.

A JuD spokesman said his group and the Tehrik-e-Hurmat-e- Rasool would organise a protest in Islamabad today afternoon.

Reports said other hardline groups too were planning protests in cities like Lahore,Peshawar and Karachi.

The Foreign Office yesterday condemned the killing of the US Ambassador in Libya during protests against the anti-Islam film but said the movie had “deeply hurt” the feelings of Pakistanis and Muslims around the world.

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