Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms over fears that activists from a radical Islamist group would use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in France.
Right-wing extremists Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a group that supports the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, have blocked roads and blocked streets during deadly protests that began on Monday.
Protesters demanded that the government keep its earlier promise to expel the French ambassador by April 20, following the publication of a cartoon depicting the prophet last year.
At least five people, including two police officers, were killed during the protests, which prompted the French embassy in Islamabad to urge French nationals to temporarily leave Pakistan.
“Social networks were blocked for a few hours so troublemakers could not use them during Friday prayer congregations,” an official told dpa.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and TikTok are inaccessible across the country, including the capital Islamabad.
Political parties, Islamist groups and militant organizations like the Pakistani Taliban rely heavily on social media platforms to connect with their supporters. (dpa / NAN)
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