X in talks with Pakistan Govt amid ban to address concerns

X disrupted in Pakistan since February, stated it's working with the government to address concerns

X engages with Pakistani government amid ban to address concerns
X in talks with Pakistan Govt amid ban to address concerns

X (formerly known as Twitter) Global Government Affairs issued a brief statement  to address the concerns regarding its ban in Pakistan since February 17,2024.

As reported by Reuters, X's Global Government Affairs shared an official statement on Wednesday, noting, “We continue to work with the Pakistani Government to understand their concerns," 

The ban occurred after the party of imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan urged protests due to a government official's acknowledgment of vote manipulation during the February election.

As per the outlet,  the Interior Ministry of Pakistan on Wednesday cited security concerns as the reason for blocking X, according to a report presented to the Islamabad High Court, where challenges to the ban are being addressed.

"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 ministry said in its court submission.

The report added, "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." 

On that very day, the Sindh High Court directed the government to reinstate access to the social media platform X within seven days.

Moiz Jaaferi, a lawyer challenging the ban, tweeted, "The Sindh High Court has given the government one week to withdraw the letter, failing which, on the next date, they will pass appropriate orders." 

Meanwhile, the United States also urged Pakistan to lift restrictions on social media platforms.