The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has urged the Supreme Court to take notice of the suspension of internet service and blockage of social media websites during the party’s fundraising telethon. The party alleged that 240 million people were deprived of their basic rights by the suspension, which also resulted in financial losses for the country. Despite the internet suspension, the party claimed to have raised tens of millions of rupees through donations. Telecom operators have also expressed concern over frequent internet outages “on political grounds”. This was the second time in recent months that internet services were disrupted as the PTI planned to host an online event. The Telecom Operators Association (TOA) has written a letter to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) expressing concerns over the regular internet throttling “on political grounds”. The TOA requested the regulator to look into the matter and ensure that such disruptions do not take place in the future. TOA added that censorship measures, like the ones undertaken Sunday evening will severely undermine the government’s ICT-related growth ambitions and adversely impact Pakistan’s image internationally. The operators had “no real answer” to customer inquiries, exacerbating consumer outcry and dissatisfaction.
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