The official Twitter account of the Pakistani government has been blocked in India. When attempting to access the Pakistan government’s Twitter account, it displays the message “Account Withheld @GovtofPakistan’s account has been withheld in India in response to a legal demand.” In India, the account has been frozen for the second time in six months.
However, it is unclear what prompted Indian officials to take action against the official Twitter handle of the Government of Pakistan.
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According to a notice on the social media platform, the Pakistan government’s Twitter account has been blocked from being viewed in India in response to a legal demand, according to news agency Reuters.
The company’s policies are written in such a way that it can be forced to withhold entire accounts in response to a valid legal demand, such as a court order.
Twitter in India blocked official accounts for Pakistan embassies in the United Nations, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt last year. In addition, India blocked eight YouTube news channels, including one based in Pakistan, as well as a Facebook account that was spreading “fake, anti-India content” online in August.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, this action was taken using the emergency powers under the Information Technology Rules, 2021.
Meanwhile, Pakistan was removed from the EU’s list of “High-Risk Third Countries” due to insufficient anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has welcomed this decision, viewing it as a positive development for the country’s businesses, which are currently facing financial difficulties. The EU delegation in Pakistan has also praised this action as a significant step forward for Pakistan.