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Platform X Services Persistently Halted In Pakistan

Platform X Services Persistently Halted In Pakistan

Since February 17, X services, formerly known as Twitter, have been suspended in Pakistan, causing ongoing difficulties for users who are resorting to various VPNs to access the microblogging platform. Despite a brief restoration on February 19, the services were once again suspended shortly after.

Ali Muhammad Khan, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has announced his intention to take legal action against the suspension of X services in Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has strongly criticized the disruption of social media and internet services in the country, calling for the immediate reinstatement of all platforms, including X.

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In a statement, PFUJ President Afzal Butt and Secretary General Arshad Ansari underscored the critical role of the Internet and social media platforms as primary sources of global information. They expressed concern that the disruption of these platforms poses a significant threat to the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression and speech.

The PFUJ leaders urgently called for the immediate restoration and uninterrupted provision of internet services in the country, emphasizing that such disruptions not only deprive people of vital information during the current chaotic situation but also impede economic activities.

The suspension of X services in Pakistan has created challenges for users, leading them to seek alternative methods such as VPNs to access the platform. Despite a temporary restoration on February 19, the ongoing disruption has prompted concerns about the impact on freedom of expression and access to information. Ali Muhammad Khan’s announcement of legal action and PFUJ’s condemnation highlight the growing discontent with the prolonged suspension of social media and internet services in Pakistan.