PTA urges YouTube to unblock Dr Israr’s channel

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked YouTube to unblock the channel of prominent Muslim scholar Dr Israr Ahmed, arguing that his videos were for the purpose of education and not “hate speech”.“

PTA has formally approached Youtube and taken up the matter of blocking of the channel of late Dr Israr Ahmed over allegation of hate speech”. The closed Youtube channel included videos of Dr Israr Ahmed explaining Islamic discourse including Quranic teachings and lectures on implementation of Islamic system in social and cultural field. “Such videos are only intended for the purpose of educating the viewers,” he said.

Dr Israr Ahmed’s channel had nearly three million subscribers, according to a private media outlet.

Last Friday, the video sharing platform shut down the said channel over allegation that it carried anti-semitic comments.

 

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