After Imran Khan’s arrest Internet services suspended in Pakistan

After Imran Khan’s arrest Internet services suspended in Pakistan

Pakistan: Subsequently after the arrest of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Tuesday suspended mobile broadband services across the country.

According to reports, the Telecommunication Authority has confirmed that it has suspended internet services following the directives received from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Some reports also suggested that access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube was banned across the country on Tuesday amid Khan’s arrest from the premises of the Islamabad High Court in the Al-Qadir Trust case.
Meanwhile, human rights organization Amnesty International demanded the PTA to restore internet services in the country and access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Taking to its official Twitter handle, Amnesty International South Asia Regional Office said, “Pakistan: Amid fears of escalating clashes between Imran Khan’s supporters and police, Amnesty International is concerned by reports that Pakistani authorities have blocked mobile internet. and has suspended access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.”
“This restricts people’s access to information and freedom of expression. We demand the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority and the Ministry of Interior to withdraw this ban immediately.
After the arrest of former prime minister and head of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan, many supporters staged protests due to vandalism in the country.

Imran Khan was arrested outside the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday. Khan has been embroiled in more than a hundred cases since he was ousted from power in April last year.

He was ousted as prime minister last year after losing a no-confidence vote. Khan, however, alleged that his dismissal was part of a US-led conspiracy to target him because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.


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