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Internet banned after Imran Khan’s arrest

NetBlocks data: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube blocked by Pakistani ISPs.

The internet was completely shut down with some areas of the country being shut down. These incidents came at the time of the detention of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, raising fears of censorship and restrictions on freedom of expression.

NetBlocks analyzed real-time network data to determine which blocks were affecting specific mobile and fixed-line Internet providers in the country at the time of writing.

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The organization gathered the data from an initial sample of 60 measurements taken from 30 vantage points across the country. The findings showed that the bottlenecks were deliberately applied to Pakistan’s national internet backbone, suggesting a centralized approach by the authorities.

The PTI chairman’s arrest at the Islamabad High Court has led to protests across the country, and his party has called for more unrest elsewhere across Pakistan.

Several supporters blocked major roads in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Lahore, where police have been put on high alert. Witnesses said the protesters also blocked a busy road in the port city of Karachi.

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