Private internet browsing, popularly referred to as VPN has been blocked in Pakistan. According to a report in the Times of India, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has issued a directive to all the ISPs in the country to disable any technology that aids private browsing, to discourage private browsing of the internet by militant groups. The block should have ideally discouraged only militant groups from accessing VPN services.
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However, turns out that VPN services (secured internet access) cannot be singled out. Hence, it cannot be just a partial blockage, but a complete one. It has also been noticed that the PTA, apart from the VPN block has been blocking several websites, too. Turns out that the Rolling Stone website has been blocked in Pakistan, since the ISP could not deactivate a single URL.