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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