Social media blocked in Pakistan until 3 pm to maintain order

Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, WhatsApp’s services suspended

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Social media blocked in Pakistan until 3 pm to maintain order 
Web Desk: 

The Federal government has blocked all social media networks until 3 pm today (Friday) in order to maintain law order situation. The Federal Interior Ministry has directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Youtube across the country.
The government has take this step in the aftermath of violent protests by the outlawed Tahrik e Labaik Pakistan (TLP).

Detained TLP chief Saad Rizvi, in a purported handwritten note shared by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Communication Shahbaz Gill late on Thursday, had urged his followers to maintain law and order and avoid blocking roads and highways.

In the letter, Rizvi had asked TLP supporters to peacefully go back to their homes and cooperate with law enforcement agencies.

However, some TLP supporters insisted they hear or see the words come from Rizvi himself before stopping, and the Lahore protest continued after Friday prayers.

Meanwhile, some rights activists criticised Friday’s social media blackout, warning it could lead to more severe curbs on freedoms.

Social media blocked in Pakistan until 3 pm to maintain order

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