Pakistan has an internet and social media outage and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday announced that the services will remain suspended for an indefinite period across the country due to the prevailing law and order situation following the arrest of Imran Khan.
Pakistanis are also unable to access main social media platforms like Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram as they are all down due to widespread protests in various parts of the country.
Amnesty International, a Human Rights Group, in a statement called upon PTA and the interior ministry to immediately restore mobile internet services in Pakistan.
“Amid concerns about escalating clashes between Imran Khan’s supporters and the police, Amnesty International is alarmed by reports that Pakistani authorities have suspended mobile internet and access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube,” the human rights group tweeted.
Twitter is no longer available in Pakistan, according to users who have reported being unable to utilise the website or mobile application to access the social networking site.
Around 8:00 p.m., hours after nationwide demonstrations broke out in response to the arrest of the former prime minister Imran Khan, the site became unreachable.
It is important to note that while Twitter outages occasionally affect the entire world, the present outage appears to be limited to Pakistan. But up to this point, no relevant authorities have made an official statement on the subject. However, some sources claim that security concerns are the reason the action was taken.
In a related event, mobile internet services have been interrupted in numerous important cities throughout Pakistan.