KARACHI: Social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp and Telegram have been suspended in Pakistan from 11am till 3pm, the interior ministry told private TV channels on Friday.
The ministry said that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had suspended the social media platforms on its instructions.
The action was taken after a letter was sent to the PTA chairperson by the interior ministry.
The ministry, in the letter, had requested the PTA to take action against the issue “immediately”.
A PTA official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: “In order to maintain public order and safety, access to certain social media applications has been restricted temporarily.”
The suspension comes amid protests by a religious party in the country which led to chaos and the killing of three people, including two policemen.
The protests organised in different cities also caused massive traffic jams and distress to the citizens.