Pakistan blocks YouTube as two killed in Anti-Prophet Muhammad film protest
ISLAMABAD: Two persons died in violent protests against an anti-Islam film in Pakistan even as Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday directed authorities to block YouTube for hosting "blasphemous material", including clips from the movie. A man was killed and two more were injured in a reported exchange of fire with police during a protest in Upper Dir district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwest. A mob of nearly 1000 people also set on fire a press club and a police station during the protest. Another man who was seriously injured in a protest outside the US consulate in Karachi died on Moday in hospital, officials said. Protesters attempted to march towards the consulate again today during a demonstration organised by the Jamaat-e-Islami's students' wing but were pushed back by riot police. All rounds around the consulate were blocked with empty containers and police and paramilitary personnel used batons and teargas to disperse the protesters. The security forces also fired in the air and arrested some 30 protesters. Late in the evening, Prime Minister Ashraf directed the information technology ministry to "block the services of YouTube with immediate effect". A statement issued by the premier's office said the order was given after YouTube refused to heed Pakistan government's "advice" to remove the blasphemous film from its website. "The prime minister said that blasphemous material would not be tolerated and the services of YouTube would remain <b>...</b>
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