Pakistan has blocked access to the video-sharing website YouTube over a recent film made in the US that disrespects Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday ordered the Ministry of Information to block YouTube so that the blasphemous movie could not be watched, Reuters reported.
“The direction has been given after YouTube refused to heed to the advice of the government of Pakistan to remove blasphemous material from its site,” Ashraf's office said in a statement.
"The prime minister said that blasphemous material would not be tolerated and the services of YouTube would remain suspended till removal of blasphemous material," it added.
Anti-US demonstrations, which began on September 11 over the sacrilegious movie, continued on Monday, with protesters chanting slogans against Washington, marching on US embassies, and torching US flags in several Asian cities.
In Karachi, police fired in the air and used tear gas canisters to disperse protesters marching toward the US consulate in Pakistan's financial capital.
In addition, thousands of demonstrators clashed with Pakistani police protecting the US consulate in Lahore. They chanted slogans against Washington and burned US flags. Two protesters died on Monday.
Source: Press TV