Pakistani authorities Sunday blocked access to Twitter in several parts of the country despite Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s claim that no restrictions were being imposed on the micro-blogging site.
There was no official word on the development but users from different parts of Pakistan, especially Islamabad and the nearby garrison city of Rawalpindi, reported that they were unable to access the site on their computers and mobile phones.The move came hours after Malik himself tweeted early this morning that the government had no plans to impose restrictions on Twitter and Facebook.
“Dear all, I assure (you) that Twitter and (Facebook) will continue in our country and it will not be blocked. (Please) do not believe in rumours," he said in a tweet.
In another tweet, Malik also dismissed a question from a New York Times reporter about reports that the government intended to restrict access to Twitter.