Balochistan Govt Asks Centre To Block Internet In Killa Abdullah Amid Unrest

Balochistan Govt Asks Centre To Block Internet In Killa Abdullah Amid Unrest
Following the Chaman border firing incident in which three people including a woman were reportedly shot dead, Balochistan government has asked the federal government to block internet services in the province’s Killa Abdullah district, saying “some elements are uploading anti-state material on social media”.

Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Department, in a letter written to centre on Thursday, said that the law and order situation in Chaman has ‘deteriorated’ after the Chaman border firing incident.

“Anti-state/illegal material is being uploaded by some elements on social media in District Killa Abdullah. It is therefore requested to please convey necessary directions to all concerned for blockade/closure of internet facility with immediate effect till three days,” the letter read.

On Thursday, three people including a woman were killed while 13 others sustained injuries in firing at a protest against the closure of border in Chaman, Balochistan. The protestors were demanding the relevant authorities to re-open the Pak-Afghan Chaman border that was closed due to the coronavirus lockdown. Reportedly, the security forces opened fired at the un-armed protestors killing three people including a woman.

Later, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove held a press conference in Quetta in this regard. He said that the protestors who were killed, had entered ‘red-zone’ area to cross the border. “They had also damaged government offices, including a quarantine centre and NADRA office,” he added.

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