Restoration of X in Pakistan Deferred to Incoming Government

The interim government of Pakistan has opted to postpone the decision on reinstating access to X (formerly Twitter) in the country, leaving the resolution of the social media platform’s accessibility to the incoming government. This decision marks a significant development in the ongoing situation surrounding X’s availability.


Government sources revealed that the decision to block X in Pakistan was prompted by the platform’s alleged failure to comply with local regulations, particularly in addressing the presence of illegal content. Despite some attempts to address flagged material, only a fraction of such content has been effectively dealt with, leading the government to take action.


The unavailability of X in Pakistan has persisted for over eleven days, raising concerns about the public’s access to digital communication channels and their freedom of expression. Users across the country have been unable to access the platform since its initial blockage on February 17th.


The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has redirected inquiries about the potential reinstatement of X to the Interior Ministry. However, as of now, there has been no official response from the ministry regarding the matter.


Amidst the ongoing disruption, many social media users in Pakistan have turned to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to bypass restrictions and gain access to X. However, reports indicate that government efforts to block VPNs are hindering users’ ability to circumvent the ban, further adding to frustrations within the online community.