There were reportedly disturbances prior to PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s speech during a party power show in Peshawar. The YouTube Down in parts of Pakistan on Tuesday evening, according to the internet monitoring group NetBlocks.
⚠️ Confirmed: Metrics corroborate reports of a new disruption to YouTube in #Pakistan; the incident comes as former PM Imran Khan appears on screen to live stream a speech on the platform, following a pattern observed in August #PeshawarJalsa
— NetBlocks (@netblocks) September 6, 2022
The disruption was reported ahead of PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s address at a party power show in Peshawar.
Many social media users reported the outage prior to NetBlocks’ confirmation.
Shireen Mazari, PTI leader and former human rights minister, said on Twitter, “So YouTube blocked again suddenly by this fascist imported govt and its handlers.” Really sick mindsets.”
So YouTube blocked again suddenly by this fascist Imported govt and its handlers. Really sick mindsets. IK speech will be heard one way or another you petty frightened political pygmies. Never thought State would use cyber warfare against its own people! Shameful. #EnoughlsEnough
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) September 6, 2022
“Imran Khan’s speech will be heard, you petty frightened political pygmies. Never imagined the state using cyber warfare against its own people! Shameful.”
Azhar Mashwani, spokesperson for the PTI, stated that the government has once again blocked YouTube in order to prevent people from watching Imran Khan’s Peshawar jalsa speech.
What a shame, they will bring down whole IT sector down just to stop ppl from watching IK speech.
— Azhar Mashwani (@MashwaniAzhar) September 6, 2022
“What a shame, they will bring down the entire IT sector just to prevent people from watching IK’s speech,” he wrote.