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Elon Musk's X works with new Pakistan govt ‘to understand concerns’ after ban

X is working to address concerns raised by the Pakistan government amid an ongoing ban. A Pakistan High Court said on April 17 that the government must restore social media platform X within one week

A man uses the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) on his phone at a market in Islamabad on April 17 (AFP)Premium
A man uses the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) on his phone at a market in Islamabad on April 17 (AFP)

Elon Musk-led X is currently working to understand concerns voiced by the Pakistan government amid an ongoing ban. The development came mere hours after the the Islamabad High Court heard a petition by journalist Ehtisham Abbasi against the disruption. Reports quoting lawyers indicate that the Sindh High Court has now ordered the government to restore access to the social media platform within a week.

“We continue to work with the Pakistani Government to understand their concerns," the company's Global Government Affairs team wrote online. 

The microblogging platform — formerly known as Twitter — was suspended across Pakistan on February 17 after former Rawalpindi commissioner Liaquat Chattha admitted to vote manipulation. The poll rigging allegations (which were withdrawn later that month) also implicated the chief election commissioner and the chief justice. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan had called for protests after the allegations surfaced.

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Access to X has been sporadic in Pakistan with connectivity occasionally available for short cycles based on the internet service provider. Users have been forced to use virtual private networks while various rights bodies and journalists’ groups condemned the ban. The Pakistani interior ministry only admitted to the block on Wednesday during a written submission to Islamabad High Court.

“It is very pertinent to mention here that the failure of Twitter/X to adhere to the lawful directives of the government of Pakistan and address concerns regarding the misuse of its platform necessitated the imposition of a ban. The decision to impose a ban on Twitter/X in Pakistan was made in the interest of upholding national security, maintaining public order, and preserving the integrity of our nation," Reuters quoted the court submission as saying. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 18 Apr 2024, 03:06 PM IST
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