Social media being 'misused' in Pakistan, says interior minister on X ban

09:49 PM | 19 Mar, 2024
Mohsin Naqvi
Source: File photo

LAHORE – Almost a month after Pakistani authorities slammed a nationwide ban on the micro-blogging platform X, Pakistan's new Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has come up with the contention that "social media is being misused" and the country must review the social media laws to “stop its misuse”.

X remains inaccessible to millions of Pakistanis since February 8, the day Pakistan went to general elections after shutting down the internet and all telecom services in the country.

Talking to journalists in Lahore, Naqvi said, “Social media laws should be envisaged. Social media is being misused. Social media regulations have been implemented across the globe.”

Naqvi said that freedom of expression should be separated from propaganda and smear campaigns against people. He said, “Everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but it should not be misused.”

Responding to a question, Naqvi said that smear campaigns against politicians, judiciary and other national institutions should be stopped. He called for implementation of social media laws in the country on the patterns of developed countries like the United States.

His statement came after Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Atta Tarar’s admission that the social networking app was suspended in the country before his party came into government. Responding to queries about the X suspension, Tarar said the platform was already banned when they came into power, but there was no official notification for the ban.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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