In its announcement this morning, the PTA noted, "Google has provided an online web process through which requests for blocking access of the offending material can be made by PTA to Google directly and Google/YouTube will accordingly restrict access to the said offending material for users within Pakistan."
Just like the new localized YouTube sites in Nepal and Sri Lanka, Pakistan's site will also highlight media from local artists. While it's a shame Pakistan's citizens won't have access to everything YouTube offers, a slightly slimmed down version is probably better than nothing. Don't be surprised if Google repeats this strategy in other countries -- it might just be the way way the company brings YouTube back to China.
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