Reality TV star Waqar Zak was forced to use Bitlanders, an artificial intelligence (AI), educational social platform, to monetize his content using Bitcoin (BTC) after YouTube was banned in Pakistan. Cointelegraph spoke with Zaka about his experience against the Pakistani government for the Crypto Stories episode.
Zaka claimed that his Bitcoin capital gains were “nothing” compared to his YouTube earnings. However, no one believed in his newfound financial freedom. He decided to trade his media and entertainment work in order to make his country, Pakistan, crypto-rich.
Zaka was the one who filed a petition to stop the ban on Bitcoin by the tech-averse Pakistani government in 2017. Zaka took to social media to voice his disapproval of the government’s actions, offer advice and encourage Pakistani citizens to invest in crypto. Zaka was appointed to manage the first crypto mining farm that used hydropower in Pakistan. This venture was short-lived.
Zaka challenged the government when Bitcoin was still at $5,000 to put up his property and invest 1% of its budget. Zaka succeeded in obtaining an order from the government that doesn’t criminalize crypto mining and investing, unless it is proven that illegal activities were invoiced.
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