ISLAMABAD: Pakistani users faced a nationwide disruption of social media platforms on Sunday evening, with Internet monitor Netblocks and Downdetector reporting that the social media platforms, especially the website versions were down shortly after 5pm local time.

Users in major cities like Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad reported difficulties accessing popular social media platforms, including X, Facebook, and YouTube, with sluggish internet services.

Pakistan’s PTI party is facing internet outages and slow internet services during its election fundraising telethon. The shutdown is reportedly aimed at stopping the party’s fundraiser, with the party demanding IT minister resignation.

Surfshark’s report reveals Pakistan was responsible for three of 42 internet shutdowns worldwide following Imran’s arrest, restricting access to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. The report ranks Pakistan behind Iran and India, with Asia being the focal point of most internet shutdowns.