Imran Khan’s Virtual Rally Faces Disruption as Pakistan Experiences Nationwide Internet Issues

Pakistan | Ahead of a planned “virtual power show” by Imran Khan‘s party, the PTI, on December 17th, Pakistan witnessed widespread internet disruption. The online event, scheduled for 9pm, faced accessibility issues as social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube became difficult to access for many users.

Reports emerged from across the country, with residents in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad experiencing outages starting as early as 8pm. Complaints ranged from complete platform inaccessibility to slow loading times and buffering.

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The disruption’s timing raised eyebrows, with PTI leader Taimur Jhagra and lawyer M Jibran Nasir questioning the coincidence with the Imran Khan’s virtual rally’s online event. Nasir even shared screenshots of buffering videos and speed tests as evidence, criticizing the potential suppression of online activity.

This incident adds to Pakistan’s concerning trend of internet restrictions. Earlier this year, the country ranked third globally in the imposition of such measures.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has yet to offer any official explanation for the recent disruption. The Imran khan’s virtual rally has faced this across the Pakistan.