Pakistan Lifts Ban on YouTube

Pakistan's telecoms regulator said Tuesday it has lifted restrictions on the YouTube Web site after the removal of a "blasphemous" video clip.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority told Internet service providers to restore access to the site after the clip became inaccessible, spokeswoman Nabiha Mahmood said.

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Pakistan ordered the site blocked on Friday over a clip featuring a Dutch lawmaker who has said he plans to release a movie portraying Islam as fascist and prone to inciting violence. The move accidentally knocked out access to the popular video-sharing site in many other countries for up to two hours.