Pakistan Blocks Access to Social Media Platform X Over Security Concerns

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Pakistan's interior ministry has publicly confirmed banning access to the social media platform X, around the time of the election.
Pakistan's interior ministry has publicly confirmed banning access to the social media platform X, around the time of the election.

Pakistan’s interior ministry has officially acknowledged blocking access to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, around the time of February’s national election due to national security concerns. 

This confirmation comes after users in Pakistan reported difficulties accessing the platform since mid-February.

Legal Challenges and Government Response:

The interior ministry revealed the shutdown in a written submission to Islamabad High Court following a court order to reconsider the ban within a week. 

The government cited X’s alleged failure to comply with lawful directives and address misuse concerns as the basis for the ban, emphasizing national security and public order.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), led by jailed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, emerged as a significant user of social media platforms, particularly X. 

Khan’s party accuses the military of orchestrating his ouster and influencing the current government despite winning most seats in the February election.

Military Involvement and Allegations:

Imran Khan alleges military involvement in his removal from power and claims it influenced the election outcome. His imprisonment, preceded by convictions, fuels speculation and political tensions. The military denies these accusations, underscoring the complex political landscape in Pakistan.

Rights groups express concerns over limitations on digital freedoms, highlighting the implications for democratic accountability and access to real-time information. 

Marketing advertisers voice apprehensions, citing challenges in promoting brands on a restricted platform, which can adversely affect investment decisions.

Continuing Usage Amidst Restrictions:

Despite the ban, some government officials, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, reportedly use X, likely through VPN software bypassing restrictions. 

Based on intelligence and security reports, the decision to block X reflects the government’s efforts to counter alleged threats of destabilization and maintain control over digital spaces.

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