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Pakistan Punjab ministry recommends social media ban citing security concerns during religious processions

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Pakistan’s Punjab authoritiesproposed a ban on all social media platforms for six days, citing safety issues throughout 1000’s of non secular processions beginning subsequent week from July 13-18, in accordance with a Thursday discover from the Ministry of Inside.

The ban proposal issues the spiritual parade taken out by the minority Shi’ite Muslims of the nation on account of Ashura, the times of mourning for the martyrdom of Prophet Imam Hussain. The tenth day of Muharram-ul-Haram, the primary month of the Islamic calendar, is taken into account the holiest occasion by Shi’ite Muslims, the place they yearly commemorate the dying of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad within the battle of Karbala.

The ministry really useful the proposal on grounds of potential violence and “safety issues.” The suggestions by the ministry additionally said that the standing committee on legislation and order has in its assembly affirmed that:

[S]ocial media platforms i.e., Fb, Watsapp, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and so on. be suspended throughout the Province of Punjab from 06th to eleventh of Muharram, 2024 so as to management hate materials/misinformation and to keep away from sectarian violence.

The ruling authorities of Pakistan has imposed ban on X (previously, Twitter) since February 17, 2024 on account of “nationwide safety issues.” The ban was criticized as a curtailment on the liberty of speech and expression, particularly throughout the nation’s national elections in February. Civil and rights teams have described the ban as an infringement of particular person’s rights of speech amid allegations of election fraud towards the ruling authorities whereas the primary opposition chief and the ex-prime minister of the nation, Imran Khan, stays behind jail.

The Sindh Excessive Courtroom beforehand ruled towards the ban on X by the federal government. In its reply to the court docket, the federal government cited X’s non-adherence of Elimination and Blocking of Illegal On-line Content material (Process, Oversight and Safeguards) Guidelines 2021 (RBUOC Guidelines) together with nationwide safety issues. The ruling Nawaz Sharif authorities has refused to touch upon the allegations to this point and the ban on X continues throughout the nation.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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