ISLAMABAD, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan on Monday blocked nearly 753 links to the anti-Islam film on YouTube that has triggered anti-U.S. protests across the Muslim world including Pakistan, officials said.
The decision was taken after the Supreme Court issued orders to the state-owned Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block links to the movie.
Chief Justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, directed PTA to take down all sacrilegious material that disrespects Islam or the Muslim Prophet Mohammad in any way. He asked the PTA chief to submit a report about the action he will take following the directives.
The Director General of PTA told the apex court that almost 100 new clips of the anti-Islam film are proliferated on YouTube every day.
He said that the PTA had written a letter to YouTube, requesting the removal of such clips, but the video-sharing website replied saying that it does not have any such agreement with the government of Pakistan.
Justice Chaudhry had directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority to set up "standards of modesty" and submit a reply in this regard within two weeks.
The government earlier had claimed that the PTA and Information Technology Ministry had blocked 122 anti-Islamic websites over the past few days.
The authorities had also told the public that any blasphemous material that comes to their attention must be reported immediately to the PTA through phone or email.
The government had clarified that it was not blocking popular websites YouTube and Facebook, but only anti-Islamic material would be blocked. Officials say that obscene material will be blocked on case-to-case basis.
Links to the anti-Islam movie were blocked amid series of protests across Pakistan over the past few days. One person was killed and dozens were injured in clashes between the police and protesters in Karachi on Sunday after the demonstrators pelted stones at the U.S. consulate.
More protest rallies are planned in the coming days.