YouTube was shut down in Pakistan during Imran Khan’s speech in Peshawar on Tuesday.

The PTI claimed on its Twitter handle that “Imported govt has blocked the access @YouTube before Chairman Imran Khan’s speech at #PeshawarJalsa.”

However, the YouTube was restored soon after Imran’s speech was over.

Internet tracker Net Blocks tweeted: “Metrics confirm that YouTube is disrupted on multiple internet providers in #Pakistan as former prime minister Imran Khan live streams; the restrictions come despite the lifting of PEMRA’s ban on Khan’s speeches by the Islamabad High Court.”

Ahead of the former prime minister’s address, multiple users had started complaining on Twitter that the streaming website was not working for them. #YouTubeDown also emerged as a top trend on the microblogging website Twitter.

In response to the reported blockage, PTI turned to Facebook and Twitter to air its chairman’s speech.

PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry tweeted that the country has “officially turned into a banana republic” after the barring of Imran Khan’s speeches on channels and YouTube.


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