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Sindh High Court Hears Petitions Challenging Social Media Ban

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) on March 20 heard petitions challenging the recent disruption of access to social media platform X, formerly Twitter. During the proceedings, the interior ministry admitted to blocking X, citing reports from intelligence agencies. The ministry, in its comments, said the action falls under the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight […]


Information Minister Admits Twitter Blocked Without Official Notice 

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Despite previous denials and the lack of an official notification, Information Minister Attaullah Tarar has acknowledged that the microblogging site X, formerly known as Twitter, has been under an undisclosed ban since before the current government came to power.  During an interview with World Echo News on March 18, Tarar admitted, “Twitter was already banned when we came into government.” This admission […]


PPF welcomes Asad Ali Toor’s release on bail; urges authorities to safeguard the rights of journalists instead of harassing them

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) welcomes journalist and YouTuber Asad Ali Toor’s release from jail after his bail was approved on March 16. We urge authorities to safeguard the rights of journalists protected under the law instead of harassing them through the issuance of notices, arrests, and investigations. Toor’s arrest on the grounds of an investigation […]


Information Minister Vows Legal Action Against Social Media Attacks on Martyred Soldiers

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On March 17, Information Minister Atta Ullah Tarar strongly denounced a social media campaign targeting soldiers who were martyred in a terrorist attack in North Waziristan on March 16. Calling the campaign “insulting,” Tarar vowed to bring those responsible to justice. During a press conference in Lahore, Tarar emphasized the immeasurable sacrifices made by the Pakistan Army, police, and civilians in […]


Rights Activists and Civil Society Demand Immediate Resumption of X

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Human rights activists and civil society organizations have demanded the immediate restoration of X, formerly known as Twitter, in a joint statement. They expressed grave concerns about the escalating occurrences of internet shutdowns and the blocking of social media platforms. The joint statement issued on March 13 highlights the urgent need for the restoration of access to X, emphasizing […]


X Ban: Businesses Suffer, Journalists Struggle, Internet Slows

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Since February 17th, an unannounced ban – either partial or full – on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) has severely disrupted Pakistan’s digital landscape. Businesses are losing revenue, journalists face obstacles in their work, and internet users nationwide experience significantly slower speeds. The intermittent blocking of X began following allegations of electoral rigging during the February […]


CCP Warns Social Media Influencers About Deceptive Marketing Practices

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The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued a warning to social media influencers, urging them to avoid deceptive marketing practices. The CCP issued a statement on March 6 , noting that it has observed an increase in deceptive marketing practices on social media platforms and that influencers are often involved in promoting products without disclosing […]


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 […]