The interim government of Pakistan has opted to postpone the decision on whether to restore access to X (formerly Twitter) within the country, deferring the issue to the incoming administration. This move signifies a significant development in the ongoing saga surrounding the availability of the social media platform. Government sources,  revealed that the fate of X (Twitter) in Pakistan will now hinge entirely on the actions of the next government.

The decision to block X in Pakistan was reportedly made due to the platform’s alleged failure to comply with local regulations, particularly concerning the handling of illicit content. Despite some attempts to address flagged material, only a small portion of such content has been adequately managed, prompting government intervention. With X remaining inaccessible in Pakistan for over eleven days since its initial blockade on February 17th, concerns have arisen regarding the public’s access to digital communication platforms and their freedom of expression.

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The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has redirected inquiries about X’s potential reinstatement to the Interior Ministry. However, as of now, there has been no official response from the ministry on the matter.

Meanwhile, amidst the ongoing disruption, many social media users in Pakistan have turned to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass the restrictions and access X. However, recent reports indicate that government efforts to block VPNs have impeded users’ ability to circumvent the ban, further fueling frustrations among the online community.

Against this backdrop, Pakistan conducted general elections on February 8th, 2024, with preparations now underway for the inaugural session of the newly elected national assembly. The formation of the new government is expected to occur in the first week of March, adding another layer of complexity to the resolution of the X accessibility issue.

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