According to a spokesperson for the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), social media platforms, including Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook are still unavailable in Pakistan.
While mobile internet services have been restored across the country, no instructions have been given to restore access to these popular social media sites.
The government implemented this restriction on Facebook and Twitter and mobile internet services on May 9, following increasingly violent protests that erupted in several cities across the country. These protests were triggered by the arrest of Imran Khan outside the Islamabad High Court.
Enraged PTI supporters resorted to violence, attacking military and government buildings in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar.
The impact of these restrictions has been significant, with the information technology (IT) sector incurring a loss of Rs10 billion, while the telecom sector suffered a loss of Rs2.5 billion in just three days. Read Full.
Several businesses have been adversely affected by the restrictions on mobile internet services. In addition, sources in the telecom industry confirmed that the government’s tax revenue took a hit of approximately Rs860 million.
Despite these consequences, the PTA has not received any instructions to restore access to social media platforms. The telecom regulator was instructed to implement these measures to control the situation and prevent further violence. However, with no timeline for restoring social media services, the impact on businesses and the wider community will likely be severe.