Muharram in Pakistan: Social Media Ban Rejected, Security Amplified

ISLAMABAD – On Friday, the federal government dismissed requests from provincial governments to impose a social media ban during the days of Muharram-ul-Haram, sources close to the development reported.

Social Media Blackout Off the Table:

 

Several Pakistani provinces, including Punjab, Sindh, KPK, and Balochistan, proposed a temporary social media ban during Muharram, citing security concerns. However, the federal government has rejected this request, opting for alternative security measures.

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Heightened Security Focus:

 

The Interior Ministry prioritized robust security protocols, emphasizing stricter mobile signal blocking in areas hosting processions and gatherings (majalis). This approach aims to mitigate potential security risks without disrupting communication channels.

Communication Channels Remain Open:

 

The federal government rejected the proposed social media ban, which targeted popular platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok. This ensures continued access to social media for communication and information sharing during Muharram.

Muharram in Pakistan: Social Media Ban Rejected, Security Amplified
Muharram in Pakistan: Social Media Ban Rejected, Security Amplified

Final Decision Still Pending:

 

Although the provincial governments, the Federal Interior Secretary, the Punjab Home Department, the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the Inspector General (IG) of Punjab, and the Additional IGs of the Special Branch and Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) were informed, the final call on any potential social media limitations rests with the federal government.

Stay Updated:

 

As Muharram approaches, it’s crucial to stay informed about the evolving security situation. Monitor official government channels and reputable news sources for any updates regarding security protocols or potential social media restrictions.

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