Social media platform X blocked in Pakistan over national security, ministry says

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s interior ministry said on Wednesday (Apr 17) it blocked access to social media platform X around the time of February’s election on national security concerns, confirming a long-suspected shutdown.

Users have reported problems using X, formerly known as Twitter, in Pakistan since mid-February but the government has made no official announcements.

The interior ministry mentioned the shutdown in a written court submission on Wednesday.

“It is very pertinent to mention here that the failure of Twitter/X to adhere to the lawful directives of the government of Pakistan and address concerns regarding the misuse of its platform necessitated the imposition of a ban,” said the report, seen by Reuters.

It said X had been reluctant to resolve the issue. X did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Wednesday.

“The decision to impose a ban on Twitter/X in Pakistan was made in the interest of upholding national security, maintaining public order and preserving the integrity of our nation,” the report said.

Access to X has remained limited since the Feb 8 national election, which the party of jailed former prime minister Imran Khan says was rigged.

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