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Pakistan Defends Ban on Social Media Platform X, Citing Security Concerns

Pakistan’s Interior Ministry is standing firm on its decision to block X, a social media platform formerly known as Twitter. The ministry submitted a written response to the Sindh High Court (SHC) rejecting calls to lift the ban.

Reasons for the Ban:

  • National Security: The ministry claims X allows content targeting Pakistani institutions, posing a security risk.
  • Foreign Company: They argue X, being a foreign company, hasn’t complied with Pakistani laws despite warnings.
  • Content Moderation: Classified intelligence reports reportedly show X spreading content that could incite instability.

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Government’s Stance:

  • Legality: The ministry insists the ban followed proper procedures and doesn’t violate free speech rights due to the alleged content targeting national institutions.
  • Preventative Measure: They view the ban as necessary to safeguard national interests and maintain public order.

Context of the Ban:

  • The X ban coincides with difficulty accessing the platform in February 2024.
  • This timeframe aligns with protests called for by the PTI party following allegations of election rigging.

Unresolved Issue:

The debate over the X ban continues with legal challenges and public criticism despite the government’s justifications.

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