YouTube service faced disruptions on multiple internet providers in Pakistan on Sunday during Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s speech in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh, an internet watchdog reported.
The disruption comes as the former PM made a broadcast to the public, a day after his live speeches were banned by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).
“Confirmed: Metrics corroborate reports of a disruption to YouTube in Pakistan on multiple internet providers; the incident comes as former PM Imran Khan live streams on the platform despite a ban by media regulator PEMRA,” NetBlocks tweeted.
Real-time network data showed the disruption in effect on some but not all mobile and fixed-line internet providers in Pakistan during the live-streamed speech, the watchdog said.
Tensions continue to rise in Pakistan following the booking of the PTI chief under the anti-terror law.
On Sunday, Imran Khan was booked under an anti-terror law for allegedly threatening the additional sessions judge of the federal capital, thereby, escalating the rift between the country’s coalition government and supporters of the former Prime Minister.
Amid the looming threat of arrest on the former Pakistan PM, PTI has drawn their “red line”, warning about severe consequences if the government attempts to arrest Imran Khan.