Social Media Platforms were Blocked in Pakistan

Social Media Platforms WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, Tik Tok, and YouTube were temporarily blocked in Pakistan to maintain the law-and-order conditions. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked these platforms by following the order of the Ministry of the interior. They suspended all the social media platforms from 11 AM to 3 PM on 16th April 2020 all over Pakistan. This was the first time in Pakistan that all Social Media Platforms were blocked. Tahreek e Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) is an Islamic political party founded by Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi. Previously due to blasphemy, the TLP insisted Pakistan's Government dismiss the French ambassador and ban the import of goods from France. Sheikh Rasheed, the Interior Minister said on Wednesday that they have decided to ban TLP, and later on, the Prime Minister, Imran Khan, also approved that summary. They banned TLP under the law of Anti-terrorism Act 1997 Rule 11. The ministry of Pakistan said in their notification that the religious party, Tahreek e Labbaik, was involved in ruining the peace and security of Pakistan. This religious party harmed humans and caused the death of the employees of the law Enforcement Agency. TLP damaged thirty vehicles of Law enforcement Agencies and two officers were killed in the protest. They were protesting in opposition to the arrest of their chief Saad Hussain Rizvi in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and other main cities of Pakistan. That protest also caused a huge traffic jam in the main cities of Pakistan and people got stuck in traffic for hours. Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) also banned those TV channels which were providing any news of TLP. Other than that, the Internet and Mobile services were also blocked in the areas where the protesters were gathered.

Posted: 16 Apr 2021

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