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NEW DELHI – The authorities of Punjabessentially the most populous and politically influential of Pakistan's 4 provinces, has requested the central authorities to Islamabad the suspension on its territory of all the primary social community for six days beginning subsequent week. The purpose is to stop the unfold of faux information e incitement to hatred through the anniversary of theAshuraa vacation celebrated by each the Sunni majority and the Shiite minority for which it’s a day of mourning and, at instances, of violence and intimidation.

The letter despatched to the Ministry of the Interior asks that “social platforms – Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, TikToketc. – are suspended throughout the province from 6 to 11 Muharram», the first month – and one of the four considered sacred – of Islamic calendar. The suspension of internet services during periods considered at risk of political or religious violence is not uncommon in Pakistan. In this case, the Punjab authorities have proposed to target only social media for two reasons: to target the main vehicles of falsehood e incitement to violence and limit the inconvenience to the population.

Although it is mentioned under its old name, the list also includes Xthe social media owned by Elon Musk. This is not a strictly necessary presence because in Pakistan the platform has been virtually unreachable for months, precisely since the elections last February. A ban branded by many as political, which would have as its objective the reduction of the mobilization capacity of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pti), the party of the former prime minister Imran Khancurrently in prison.

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Khan himself can be in courtroom on July 12 for a listening to on one of many controversial processes which prevented him from operating for Parliament and main the nation. Curiously, July 12 can be the primary day of blackout on social media requested by the Punjab authorities. If the request to droop social media is accepted by the central authorities – a risk not so distant contemplating that the chief minister of Punjab Maryam Sharif She is the granddaughter of the Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in addition to the daughter of the three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif – the federal government might decrease the reactions to a judicial measure in opposition to its political opponent, justifying itself with the necessity to defend a oppressed minority.