On Friday, the Pakistani government banned major social media platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube. The decision came after violent protests by a radical religious organization. The government feared that social media could be used to incite violence. All these platforms were banned for only 24 hours. The organization has also been banned by the government for spreading violence.
What is the whole matter
In fact, there are allegations of violence against an organization called Tehreek-e-Labak Pakistan (TLP). The agency sought to pressure the government to expel the ambassador to France over an alleged cartoon published last year. The TLP began nationwide protests on Monday after the arrest of its leader Saad Hussein Rizvi. The government banned the company on Thursday after three days of violent protests.
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7 killed, many injured
Let us know that there was a violent clash with the police earlier this week in many cities and towns of TLP supporters. Seven people were killed and about 300 police were injured. The Interior Ministry has directed the Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) to suspend social media services for four hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to stop the protests after Friday prayers.
The PTA did not give a reason for the ban on services, but official sources said there were fears that protesters could use social media to organize protests.