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X, formerly Twitter, faces countrywide 'restriction' in Pakistan for 120 hours

Date: February 17, 2024 till present Timing: 9:00 pm onwards Location: Across Pakistan Description: The country has been facing frequent internet and social media site outages recently, especially for a couple of months during the ongoing situation in the wake of general election 2024. The netizens complained about their inability to connect to X for hours on Saturday night. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has not issued any official statement regarding the issue, maintaining silence amidst growing concerns over the recurring disruptions. Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/1158937-x-formerly-twitter-reportedly-down-again-in-pakistan
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Political party's website again blocked

Date: 11th February, 2024 Website: www.insaf.pk Reason: According to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), their website has been blocked after they uploaded Form-45 and results based on it so people can access it. Source: https://twitter.com/agentjay2009/status/1756903108947456059
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Pakistan goes into general elections with network shutdown

February 8, 2024: Despite repeated assurances by caretaker government of Pakistan that mobile services will not be suspended on February 8, citizens of Pakistan woke up to surprise with cellular services suspended across the country on election day after multiple bomb blasts in Balochistan a day before voting to take place in the country. Citizens across the country have been deprived of accessing voter information. Moreover, the complaint cell of the Election Commission has stopped receiving complaints due to disruption in mobile and internet services. Voters from various cities expressed displeasure on the decision taken by the government. Many people have been facing difficulty in commuting to polling stations and around due to no cellular services and operations of online ride hailing services at halt. People are deprived to access emergency services too. Citizens along with political leaders have demanded “immediate restoration” of mobile services to ensure transparency, voter access to information and accessing emergency and other services linked to the mobile and internet services.
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Official website, election candidates portal of a political party becomes inaccessible in Pakistan

Islamabad, January 24, 2024: Official website and candidates’ portal of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), a political party in Pakistan have been made inaccessible in the country. According to the Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI probe) test results, www.insaf.pk and pticandidates.com are blocked by Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) blockage method. In a recent development, a website with similar interface and functionality to impersonate the official candidates portal of PTI has been launched which not only tells wrong candidates and symbols but also creating confusion among voters. Interestingly, as soon as this website launched, the official candidates portal became inaccessible in Pakistan, however still accessible by using VPNs. In a recent development, Sindh High Court (SHC) orders undisrupted internet services in Pakistan. This is a developing story and will be updated as new information is available.
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“Internet Disruptions Due to Technical Glitches May Continue for 2-3 Months”

Director General of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Ahmed Shamim Pirzada Monday said that recent disruptions in internet services were due to technical glitches and may persist for 2 to 3 months. Addressing a press conference alongside Caretaker Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cybercrime Director Operations Waqaruddin Syed, Pirzada explained that a system is being upgraded due to which these disruptions happen. Responding to a question, he also rejected the notion that the said disruptions had anything to do with the online activities of a political party. The caretaker information minister also commented on the matter and said that the disruptions were due to technical issues that involved system installations. The minister also made it clear that it cannot be guaranteed that such an issue wouldn’t happen in the near future. It is pertinent to mention here that social media platforms became inaccessible in Pakistan thrice in a period of just over a month. The first such disruption happened on December 17, the second on January 7, and the most recent on January 20. Interestingly, the disruptions coincided with the pre-announced online activity of a political party. After the latest disruption on January 20, the PTA issued a statement saying that the disruption in internet services was caused by a technical fault.
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Internet, social media platforms ‘disrupted’ in parts of Pakistan

Date: 20th January, 2024 Time: 6:30 pm - 10 pm Location: Across Pakistan Description: Social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and X have become inaccessible across #Pakistan today ahead of a virtual political gathering Source: https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/1149964-internet-social-media-platforms-disrupted-in-parts-of-pakistan-yet-again
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Social media and internet services reportedly disrupted across Pakistan

Date: 7th January, 2024 Time: 6:00 pm - 1:00 am Description: Due to a political party's fundraiser telethon on online platforms, social media platforms along with internet services were disrupted across the country. Source: https://tribune.com.pk/story/2452471/social-media-internet-services-reportedly-disrupted-across-pakistan
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