The internet shutdown in Pakistan has had a significant impact on the country’s economy and people’s lives. The telecom sector has reportedly lost Rs2.49 billion, the government has lost Rs860 million, and the e-commerce, online services, home delivery, and ride-hailing industries have all been affected. In addition, nearly 150,000 bike riders in Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been affected by the suspension of the broadband internet facility. As per reports, the IT industry has suffered a loss of Rs10 billion in the last three days.
The internet shutdown has also had a negative impact on people’s ability to access information and communicate with each other. People have been unable to stay up-to-date on the news, access educational resources, or connect with friends and family. The shutdown has also created a sense of uncertainty among the population.
The government has not provided any justification for the internet shutdown, and it is unclear when it will be lifted.