In India, the official Twitter account of the Pakistani government has been blocked in compliance to a court order. A message reading “Account Withheld @GovtofPakistan’s account has been withheld in India in response to a court demand” may appear if you try to access the account.
The account has now been limited in India three times; the first two incidences were in July and October of 2022.
When Twitter receives a legitimate legal demand, usually in the form of a court order, it responds in accordance with its policies. As a result, Indian users are not currently able to access the Pakistani government’s @GovtofPakistan Twitter account.
Twitter policies allow for such acts in response to legal requirements, such as court orders. The social media behemoth acknowledged that it “may be required to limit access to specific content in a particular jurisdiction from time to time” if it “receives a valid and properly scoped request from an authorised body.”
The official Twitter accounts of Pakistan’s embassies in the United Nations, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt were shut down last year. In August, India also blocked a Facebook account that was propagating “fake, anti-India propaganda” online, along with eight YouTube news stations, one of which was based in Pakistan.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that the Information Technology Regulations, 2021’s emergency powers were utilised to take this action.
It was discovered that the prohibited Indian YouTube channels used phoney and sensational thumbnails, pictures of news anchors, and the logos of certain TV news programmes to trick viewers into thinking the news was real.
In the meantime, Pakistan’s inclusion on the EU’s list of “High-Risk Third Countries” has been revoked because of its insufficient counterterrorism finance and anti-money laundering policies. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has applauded this decision and sees it as a good step forward for the nation’s industries, which are currently having financial issues. This action has also been praised as a significant step forward for Pakistan by the EU delegation in Pakistan.
In keeping with the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) decision to remove Pakistan from its list of nations subject to “enhanced surveillance,” the EU decided to remove Pakistan from the list, according to a tweet from the EU. The FATF is a multinational agency that keeps an eye on the financing of terrorism and money laundering.