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Internet monitor Netblocks reported a nationwide disruption in social media platforms on Sunday evening amid an “election fundraising telethon” organised by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

“Live metrics show a nation-scale disruption to social media platforms across Pakistan, including X, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube,” the internet tracking agency said.

The disruption comes as persecuted former PM Imran Khan’s party, PTI, launches its election fundraising telethon, it said.

The event is set to take place at 9 pm.

Outage tracking website Downdetector.pk also showed a significant spike in complaints on multiple social media platforms as well. Services of YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and X saw disruption in services on Sunday evening.

Netizens reported having difficulty accessing social media platforms in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad shortly after 5:30 pm. Users also complained about internet services being slow.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), PTI called this an “absolutely shameful” move and demanded caretaker IT minister’s resignation for “this continuing damage to Pakistanis.”

Last month, a nationwide disruption in social media platforms was witnessed amid a “virtual power show” organized by the PTI

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Aslam Tanoli Jan 07, 2024 07:30pm
Now this is getting filthy. Either we should announce that PTI does not exist or we should not do this with country. We have nothing to do with jalsa but we cannot access the internet and we are feeling like we are living in North Korea
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KU Jan 07, 2024 08:49pm
We are showing the world how thrift and efficient we are on common interest of comrades. But not worried about our country's standing on various international human rights or democracy index or investments that shoo away because of our Einsteins.
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Aslam Tanoli Jan 07, 2024 10:15pm
Are we living in North Korea?
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zh Jan 07, 2024 10:45pm
The illegitimate government and its supporters are determined to demonstrate their lack of confidence, disregard for human rights, and malicious vindictiveness through unlawful actions. Both the current unconstitutional government and the previous one, with the help of the establishment, have made a mess of the constitution and laws.
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TimetoMoVVeOn Jan 07, 2024 11:26pm
Hypocrisy. When there were social media blackouts in your neighboring country, Pakistan FO was raising it as a human rights violation. What now? Are the rules different?
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chshabbir Jan 08, 2024 12:01am
shame for ITMinister for damage to pakistanis.pl resign if u r unable to run the show/duty.pl return the pay received from tax payer pakistani.
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FreedomOfSpeech4Pakistan Jan 08, 2024 12:24am
Looks Like Now just because of one group of people the whole country of Pakistan have to suffer from this digital dictatorship, Again How close are we to becoming Dictatorship regimes like Iran and North Korea ?
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HashBrown® Jan 08, 2024 12:58am
@TimetoMoVVeOn , "When there were social media blackouts in your neighboring country, Pakistan FO was raising it as a human rights violation." That's because our blackouts come from political engineering, not because we're carrying out mass rapes and extrajudicial murders in occupied land. It's really not that hard to make the distinction.
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mustafa Jan 08, 2024 01:45am
@zh, in Russia they have banned them since 2022 and still driving great .... we should Stop crying like babies .... Imran was in power for 10 years in KPK and still KPK was a Failure .. in Punjab he gave BUZDAR .... Reality cannot be denied .... what does he know about Economy and Foreign Policies ???
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Faiz muhammad Jan 08, 2024 06:48am
Dear sir, let the poor public to elect their representative to form a govt you have to do youe own duty don't put your legs in 2 bouts other wise you will miss both,we are suffering a lot 80 percent population below the poor line to collect BAD DUA from the crying,sick and hunger public let the pakistan to move forward..Thanks
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