Internet Service Suspended in All Major Cities of Pakistan:
A private television station has reported that several neighborhoods in Lahore are experiencing a disruption in internet access following a notification issued by the Punjab Ministry of Interior. Furthermore, there have been orders given to internet service providers in major cities to shut down their services, and the process of implementing these orders has commenced.
Simultaneously, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has called for widespread protests following the arrest of Imran Khan, a former prime minister, in the nation’s capital, Islamabad. The BBC Urdu has disclosed Imran Khan’s recorded message from the PTI’s social media accounts, in which he urges party supporters to peacefully protest for genuine freedom in light of his imprisonment. Senior members of the Tehreek-e-Insaaf also heard in the message, encouraging supporters in their respective districts to take to the streets.
In response to this call to action, PTI employees in Lahore, the provincial capital, are currently staging protests. They have obstructed roadways around Zaman Park by erecting barriers and setting tires on fire. Hasan Niazi, the designated focal point for Imran Khan, has led demonstrators to Lahore’s Mall Road, where they have resorted to throwing stones at the police, resulting in their retreat.
Furthermore, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the deputy chairman of Tehreek-e-Insaf, has urged party workers to demonstrate against Imran Khan’s imprisonment. He expressed his disapproval of Chairman Imran Khan’s detention in a tweet, declaring it unacceptable. Consequently, people across the country have taken to the streets in response.
Asad Umar, a member of Imran Khan’s six-person team led by Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has stated that they will develop an action plan.