ISLAMABAD: After a ban of almost three years, video sharing website Youtube was accessible in many parts of the country today.
The cities where the site was operational include Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan since September, 2012, when the website management turned down Pakistan government request to block the blasphemous video ‘Innocence of Muslims’, for local viewership.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, on Sunday reportedly said that YouTube is officially banned, and there was no change in the government’s stance on it.
The reasons for the sudden restoration of YouTube are still unclear.
Some believe that the site was accessible as one of the four submarine cables that connect the country with the internet is under maintenance, and its traffic has been diverted to some European country where the website is accessible. However, others believe that it was due to some technical fault at PTA that it was accessible in the country.
This is not the first time that YouTube has been restored under mysterious circumstances. How long the website would remain accessible is still unclear.