In response to ongoing countrywide protests, the federal Government decided to block all social media platforms in the country from 11 am to 3 pm.
The Interior Ministry decided to respond to reports that the Government is planning a forceful strike against violent protesters.
Here is the Copy of the Nottice Issued be:
Telecom companies told that they have clear instructions from the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all CDN traffic on today from 11 AM to 3 PM to control social media traffic.
To comply with the order, we will have to shut down Akamai/Facebook/Google. This will cause all traffic to come via our internet gateways which will choke our internet links and will cause severe internet degradation. Many other Google services including Meet will be affected too.
Companies cannot say with certainty when they will be permitted to resume their services.
In Lahore, earlier on Thursday, the Punjab Home Department suspended mobile and internet services while protests were taking place, which caused thousands of consumers difficulty.
One day before the TLP was blocked from operating in Pakistan, the government blacklisted the group under 11B (1) of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997.
Announcing the closure of cell phones and internet access in areas affected by TLP protests, Minister for Interior Affairs, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, earlier on Wednesday.
The outage is affecting multiple parts of Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Islamabad.