On Monday, the TLP started nationwide protests since the arrest of group chief Saad Hussain Rizvi. TLP supporters encounter law enforcing agencies in which many people were killed and more than 300 policemen were injured. The Ministry of Internal Affairs took this step to stop the demonstrations after Friday prayers. The ministry directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to shut down the social media service from 11 am to 3 pm PST (GMT + 5).
The PTA issued a notification saying “services on social media platforms such as” Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Telegram are being almost completely shut down. “The institution did not explain the reason for the services being discontinued. Official sources said that protesters could use social media to damage public property.
It has been common in Pakistan to shut down Internet and mobile phone services to prevent demonstrations and terrorist incidents already. This time only social media was banned. This is because according to reports, the TLP was using social media against government action. On Thursday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Mohammed also warned the TLP of uploading his propaganda videos to YouTube.
TLP made headlines in November 2017. At that time, by organizing a dharna at Faizabad near Islamabad, the capital was cut off from the old international airport. Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz (PML-N) was in government at that time. Then Imran Khan (current Prime Minister) and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party supported that protest.
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