Deccan Chronicle

Pak suspends social media over protests

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Islamabad, April 16: Pakistan on Friday temporaril­y suspended the services of social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to stop their use to organise demonstrat­ions following violent protests by a radical religious group that has now been banned by the government.

The government banned Tehreek-i-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on Thursday following three days of violent protest by it to force the government to expel the French ambassador over a blasphemou­s caricature published in France last year. The TLP had launched the country-wide protest on Monday after the arrest of its chief Saad Hussain Rizvi.

The TLP supporters clashed with the law enforcemen­t agencies in several towns and cities earlier this week, leaving seven persons dead and over 300 policemen injured. —

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