Blocking of Twitter 178 Accounts on Kashmir Issue

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Islamabad has issued the Notification on 19 August, 2019 in the matter of Blocking of Twitter 178 Accounts on Kashmir Issue. Pakistan is one of the countries which firmly believe in the freedom of speech and expression under the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Government of Pakistan also firmly believes not to deprive the public from the benefits attributed to Internet particularly social media.

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Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), being the sole entity responsible to regulate Internet content, has been reporting unlawful content on your platform through the designated email address for its removal/blocking under section 37 of Prevention of Electronic Crime Act, 2016.

So far, PTA has received numerous complaints (178) of Twitter users about blocking of their accounts apparently for advocating Kashmiri rights and condemning Indian forces’ atrocities in Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It appears that Twitter administration under influence of Indian lobbies is depriving Pakistani users which is not only against the fundamental rights of the users but is also in violation of Twitter’s own community guidelines. Prima facia, biased treatment is being extended to users from Pakistan.

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Keeping in view the sensitivity of the issue, you are requested to expedite restoration of handles as per attached list with immediate effect. Your early response shall be highly appreciated, please.

Blocking of Twitter 178 Accounts on Kashmir Issue

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