A bnaant-iloonvi ng

Southasia - - CONTENTS - Hoo­ria Sul­tan La­hore, Pak­istan

With a sud­den in­crease in voices protest­ing against the ban on YouTube, I had be­come hope­ful that the govern­ment would fi­nally lift the ban. It was use­less af­ter all. Even though the web­site was banned, people still used it through var­i­ous means – by us­ing proxy servers and by chang­ing their proxy set­tings. Any­way it was time the fool­ish de­ci­sion was taken back. My hopes were fur­ther raised when there was talk of dis­cussing the ban in the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

So I can’t ex­press in words how dis­ap­pointed I was when I learned that the MNAs of the rul­ing party op­posed tooth and nail the lift­ing of the ban. I do not un­der­stand what they achieved by do­ing it. Na­tions around the world

have strug­gled for years and made in­nu­mer­able sac­ri­fices for their right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion. We, on the other hand, are a na­tion that loves to re­strict its free­dom and is al­ways look­ing for ways to cur­tail it. What a shame in­deed.

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