Defence Minister Khawaja Asif stated that the government is free to obstruct social media sites at any time.

The remarks came after reported damage and violence by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters on May 9. The government’s response was to suspend internet access nationwide for almost four days, as well as social media sites.

Khawaja Asif stated that social media was used to provoke people to violence and that it was restricted in China and Europe. The minister also applauded the sanctions imposed on army commanders who were discharged as a result of the incidents on May 9.

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