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Sindh High Court Seeks Clarification on Election Day Internet and Social Media Shutdown

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On March 5, the Sindh High Court (SHC) called upon the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Federal Ministry of Interior to submit their responses regarding the petitions filed against the suspension of internet and cellular phone services during the general elections on February 8, and the ongoing ban on the social media platform X, previously known as Twitter. […]


Widespread Outage Hits Facebook and Instagram for Hours

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A widespread technical issue disrupted the operations of Meta-owned social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp on March 4, causing frustration among users across Pakistan and potentially millions worldwide. According to Downdetector.pk, a real-time internet and social media outage monitoring service, both Facebook and Instagram experienced downtime starting at approximately 8:20 PM PST and gradually recovered […]


Pakistan Senator Withdraws Resolution to Ban Social Media

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On March 4, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi withdrew his controversial resolution calling for a sweeping ban on major social media platforms. The move followed widespread criticism from digital rights advocates, journalists, and opposition lawmakers who labeled it a severe attack on freedom of expression. Senator Tangi initially submitted the resolution to the Senate, on March 2, […]


Experts Warn of Economic Impact as Pakistan Suffers Social Media Ban Amid Election Allegations

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Access to X, formerly twitter, has remained intermittently blocked since February 17 in Pakistan, following allegations of electoral rigging during the February 8 general elections, leading to concerns among experts regarding economic consequences and the potential spread of disinformation. According to Express Tribune, UK-based Alp Toker, director of NetBlocks said that the disruption could result in millions of […]


X is still down in Pakistan, VPN also restricted

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X, formerly known as Twitter, continues to be disrupted in Pakistan for the tenth consecutive day. The outage coincides with restrictions imposed on virtual private networks (VPNs), further limiting access to social media platforms in the country. The disruption has sparked concerns over freedom of expression and access to information, with users unable to utilize […]


Sindh High Court Seeks Explanation for Election Day Internet Suspension

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) has demanded explanations from the information technology and communication,  interior ministries and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding the suspension of internet services on election day on February 08 in various parts of the country during the court hearing on February 21. The court expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to […]


Twitter Remains Unreachable for Fourth Consecutive Day in Pakistan

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Twitter continues to remain inaccessible in Pakistan for the fourth consecutive day, prompting concerns over freedom of expression and communication rights in the country. The disruption of the popular social media platform, which began on February 17, has caused frustration among users and drawn international attention, with the United States urging Pakistan to ensure unrestricted […]


Sindh High Court (SHC) Orders Restoration of Social Media Platforms, Including X, Amid Internet Shutdown Challenge

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On Wednesday, the Sindh High Court (SHC) issued an order directing the federal government and the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to reinstate the services of social media platforms, including X (formerly known as Twitter), throughout Pakistan. As per Pakistan Today, the SHC issued a directive on Feb 21, instructing the federal government and the PTA to […]


SHC Orders Immediate Removal of Obscene Content from Social Media Platforms

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In response to petitions filed against the proliferation of obscene content on social media platforms, the Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed immediate action for the removal of such material. The court’s decision follows mounting concerns over the accessibility of inappropriate content online, prompting calls for regulatory intervention. According to The Nation, the SHC has issued […]


Cyber Threats Surge by 17% in Pakistan in 2023, Global Research Reveals

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Experts from a global cybersecurity and digital privacy company Kaspersky have unveiled startling findings indicating a 17% surge in cyber threats in Pakistan during the year 2023 compared to the previous year. According to The Express Tribune the report highlights that cyberattacks have intensified, posing significant challenges to cybersecurity in the country. The study highlights the escalating risk landscape […]


PFUJ urges PML-N to take action over smear campaign against journalists

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In a strong-worded statement, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed deep concern over an organised campaign of character assassination and threats directed at senior journalists Meher Bokhari of ARY TV and Amir Mateen of 92 TV by elements associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on social media. PFUJ President Afzal Butt […]


Internet watchdog reports nation-scale disruption of social media

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ISLAMABAD: A nation-scale disruption of social media platform X, formerly Twitter, is being reported by users and internet watchdogs in Pakistan on Saturday. NetBlocks, a global internet watchdog, said the incident comes “amid political turmoil after a controversial election held under an internet and mobile network blackout”. Pakistan on Thursday witnessed a countrywide shutdown of internet and cellular […]


Mustafa strongly condemns suspension of internet service

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ISLAMABAD   –   Independent candidate Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, contesting from National Assembly Constituencies NA 47 and 48, has voiced strong opposition to the decision to suspend mobile phone services across the country, labeling it as the onset of electoral fraud. In his statement regarding the mobile phone service suspension, Khokhar expressed concern over the disconnection of […]


Social media election: Digital platforms take centerstage in campaign strategy for Pakistan 2024 polls

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ISLAMABAD: Members of the social media teams of Pakistan’s major political parties said on Wednesday digital platforms were extensively utilized in the lead-up to the general elections tomorrow to influence young voters, as experts pointed out that politics and social media had become inseparable in today’s Internet age. According to Pakistan’s election commission, young voters […]